Dhaka: Bangladesh has sought greater training facilities for its naval officers and sailors in India and exchange of visits that would increase the professional skills of the personnel of both countries.
President Mohammed Zillur Rahman made this point while receiving visiting Indian Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma.
The president, as also Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, recalled India`s "great contribution" in Bangladesh`s war of libration in 1971, United News of Banghladesh (UNB) news agency reported.
Verma expressed his happiness at visiting Bangladesh`s naval bases, including that in Chittagong.
He highly appreciated the performance and skill of Bangladesh naval officers and sailors, The Daily Star said Thursday.
Verma said Bangladesh people were `hardworking`, and expressed confidence that they would be able "to develop the country through dedication and determination".
"We`ll be very happy to strengthen the relation and cooperation between the two neighbouring countries in the coming days," he said.
Verma, who is on a five-day visit here, appreciated the curriculum of the National Defence Staff College of Bangladesh.
Hasina said Bangladesh gives importance to friendly relations with all its neighbours including India.
She also congratulated Verma on India`s winning the 2011 cricket World Cup.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Rajeet Mitter was present on the occasion.