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Bangladesh, India reiterate for strengthening cooperation in security, frontier issues

Attaching highest priority to the bilateral ties between Bangladesh and India, both the countries reiterated their commitment to further expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in the security and border related issues.

This issue was raised further in a virtual meeting between the two home secretaries of the two states during the 19th Home Secretary Level Talks (HSLT) on the occasion of ‘Mujib Barsho’ the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50-year celebration of Bangladesh Liberation War and establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

In the meeting, both sides reaffirmed not to allow the territory of either country to be used for any activity inimical to each other’s interests, said a press release issued here this afternoon.

Senior Secretary of Public Security Division Mostafa Kamal Uddin of Bangladesh and Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Union Home Secretary, of India led the delegation from their respective sides.

They discussed early completion of pending fencing along the Indo Bangladesh Border (IBB) as agreed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries.

Both sides appreciated the cooperation between the two countries and the action taken to address the menace of terrorism and extremism in an effective manner.

The effective functioning of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) to control the illegal cross border activities was appreciated by both sides.

The meeting was agreed to further enhance the level of cooperation to prevent the smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and contraband.

During the virtual talks, both sides also highly appreciated the inaugural “Police Chiefs’ Dialogue in January, 2021?which was the decision taken at the Home Minister Level Talks (HMLT) held in August, 2019, said the release.

Both sides reviewed the entire gamut of security and border related cooperation and agreed to work closely to fulfill the shared vision of the leadership of the two countries.

Bangladesh, however, appreciated assistance provided by India in the field of training and capacity building for various security agencies, the statement also said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)