Bimstec member states have underscored the need for working together and sharing information and data for addressing common security threats, both traditional and non-traditional, in the region.
The issues were discussed at the second meeting of national security chiefs of member countries of Bimstec (the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The meeting reviewed the progress on the outcome document of the first meeting held in New Delhi on March 21 last year, according to a press release issued on Thursday.
The meeting also discussed the report of the first Bimstec Track 1.5 Security Dialogue forum held in New Delhi on September 22 last year. The Bimstec member countries have underscored the importance of participation of think tanks and civil society members in security dialogues and agreed to continue holding the track 1.5 dialogue annually.
Bangladesh will host the second meeting of the Bimstec Track 1.5 Security Dialogue forum this year.
Sonam Topgay, secretary to the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs of Bhutan; Ajit Doval, national security adviser of India; Thaung Tun, union minister of the Office of the Union Government, Myanmar; Prof Dr Chop Lal Bhusal, ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh; Brig Gen HKACR Kodithuwakku, director of Military Intelligence of Sri Lanka; Chalida Chochai, deputy secretary general of the National Security Council of the Kingdom of Thailand, and Shahidul Islam, secretary general of the Bimstec participated in the meeting chaired by Maj Genl (Rtd.) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, defence and security affairs adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
They also met with Hasina Wednesday evening.