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6 August, 2019 12:52:22 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 August, 2019 05:20:51 PM
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Cooperation in intel exchange, tackling terrorism on agenda

Bangladesh to urge India to fully implement LBA as meeting begins in New Delhi tomorrow
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
Cooperation in intel exchange, tackling terrorism on agenda

The Bangladesh government will seek India’s cooperation in combating terrorism and organised crime, ensuring cyber security and sharing intelligence at the home minister-level meeting between the two countries in New Delhi on August 7 and 8.

At the meeting, Dhaka will urge New Delhi to fully implement the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) of 1974 and the 2011 protocol, government sources said.

Regulations on cross-border movement of people and goods, maritime security cooperation and review of cooperation in checking fake currency notes (FCNs), drug trafficking and human trafficking have been included in the agenda of the high-level talks, the sources added.

This will be the first home ministerial-level meeting since the formation of the new government in India, led by Narendra Modi. The home ministry has already set the agenda for a successful meeting, after holding talks with the ministries and the departments concerned.

A 16-member delegation led by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, comprising the secretary of the Public Security Division Mostafa Kamal Uddin, the secretary of the Security Service Division Mohammad Shahiduzzaman, inspector-general of police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary, director-general (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Maj. Gen. Shafeenul Islam, DG of Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mohammad Ashraful Haq and additional secretary of the Public Security Division of the home ministry, Md Abu Bakar Siddique, will leave Dhaka today (Tuesday) to attend the talks in New Delhi.

The additional secretary (political and information and communication technology) of the Public Security Division of the home ministry, Md. Abu Bakar Siddique, a member of the delegation, told The Independent that the high-level meeting would be held with the aim to increase bilateral relations between the friendly countries—Bangladesh and India—annually on a reciprocal basis.

“We will discuss a new agenda—regulations on cross-border movement of people and goods—meant to strengthen the capacities and facilities of the land ports and the immigration checkpoints for smoothly handling goods and the exit and entry of passengers through the immigration points,” he said.

Sources said at the talks, Bangladesh’s home minister may seek the cooperation of his counterpart to strengthen efforts to prevent arms supplies, disrupt terrorist movements along the border, curb terror financing, secure cyberspace and minimise the use of the internet and social media for terrorism and radicalisation.

During the meeting, the home minister is likely to urge his counterpart to implement the Land Boundary

Agreement (LBA) of 1974 and its additional protocol, signed in September, 2011, fully through the finalisation of the demarcation of a 2-km-long stretch of territory along the cross-border Muhuri river.

During the signing of 1,174 strip maps by Bangladesh and India, the strip map for the 2-km stretch along the Feni-Tripura part of the border was not signed as a result of India’s objections. At that time, India had expressed its wish to conduct a new survey though Dhaka had opposed it.

The LBA was scheduled to be fully implemented by June 30, 2016. Sources said the meeting would review the progress of ratification and implementation of some protocols, agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoU) like the Land Boundary Agreement; exchange of enclaves; mutual legal assistance in criminal matters; agreement on transfer of sentenced persons; agreement on combating terrorism, organised crime and drug trafficking; and the extradition treaty signed between the governments so far.

The home ministers would also discuss the Interpol mechanism, training and sharing of experience between different departments under the home ministries of both the governments.

New, or reopening of, immigration points, harassment of Bangladesh fishermen and alleged trespass by Indian fishermen, construction of fencing within 150 yards of the international border and human trafficking would also be discussed at the meeting, the sources added.

MK

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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