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Monday, 03 March 2008

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The army chief, General Moeen U Ahmed, returned home Saturday night at the end of his week-long tour of India, which he billed successful.

Talking to reporters during his visit to Shantiniketan Vishwabharati in Kolkata at the fag-end of his visit, he hoped that the planned Dhaka-Kolkata passenger train service would start soon after completion of some work on security matters.

‘It will be good for all if the train service between India and Bangladesh commences. I hope the train service will start as soon as possible after settling the issue of security of the two countries,’ General Moeen said.

He arrived at the Zia International Airport at 8:55pm from the capital of the West Bengal state of India. During his visit, seen as significant in enhancing the bilateral relations, the army chief had meetings with Indian defence minister AK Antony, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee and chiefs of the Indian three services.

The Indian army chief presented six horses to General Moeen as gesture of goodwill and friendship. General Moeen also visited Indian Military Academy at Deradun, military signal unity at Goa and Ajmer Sharif. In Kolkata, he met West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and discussed bilateral matters.

At Viswabharati, founded by Nobel-laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore, the army chief was given a reception by the Viswabharati authorities.

General Moeen told the journalists that Viswabharati has been playing a tremendous role in enriching the music and fine arts of both India and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, he said, has got several good Rabindrasangeet singers as they have taken higher studies from the university.

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