Delhi, Dhaka commit to combat smuggling, manage border effectively
Published : Friday, 9 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 404
Bangladesh and India on Wednesday decided to work together to combat smuggling along the border and strengthen cooperation to make border management more effective. The decision came at the 7th round of Home Minister level talks held in New Delhi.
Indian Home Minister Amit Shah raised India's "concern" during a Home Minister-level meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.
India has raised its concern over the "illicit movement of undocumented persons" across the border, with a view to finding a solution to this problem, especially in North East India.
Both the ministers reaffirmed the need to further curb the menace of trans-border crimes, and agreed to the need for greater cooperation to achieve common aim of a secure border.
Both sides also reviewed the pending issues related to security and infrastructure at the borders, and agreed to take steps towards expediting the resolution on these matters.
He reaffirmed India's full support for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's development agenda, officials said.
The seventh meeting of the Bangladesh-India Home Minister-level talks expressed satisfaction that both countries are working closer than ever before in every sector, including security and border management.
Both the ministers reiterated the significance attached to the bilateral relationship, which is forged in the 1971 Liberation War, which goes far beyond a strategic partnership.
They said the bilateral ties are a role model for good neighbourly relations across the world, according to Press Information Bureau of India.
They are rooted in history, culture, language and shared values of democracy, secularism, development cooperation and countless other commonalities.
During the meeting, the ministers reiterated their commitment to keep the borders friendly, and in this regard appreciated the close co-operation between their border guarding forces.
The Indian Home Minister appreciated Bangladesh's policy of not allowing the use of its territory by extremists and insurgents for perpetrating violence in other countries, including India.
Amit Shah assured the Bangladesh Home Minister of India's continued support for safe and speedy repatriation of the displaced Myanmar citizens sheltered in Bangladesh, for whom India has provided humanitarian assistance in four tranches since September 2017.
The leaders also looked forward to enhancing cooperation in simplifying people-to-people contact and travel for business, health and tourism, including through promoting connectivity.
Speaking on the issue, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah lauded Bangladesh's policy as none can use its (Bangladesh) land for terrorist activities in other countries including in India.
About Rohingya issue, the Indian Home Minister assured Bangladesh of extending all out support for ensuring safe and dignified repatriation of Myanmar citizens, who took shelter in Bangladesh being persecuted by the Myanmar army.
The Bangladesh Home Minister thanked Indian government on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for its humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya refugees. He extended invitation to his Indian counterpart to visit Bangladesh.
At the very outset of the meeting, Bangladesh Home Minister expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of former External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj.