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Indian national security adviser arrives in Dhaka for Bimstec meeting

  • Published at 07:54 pm March 27th, 2018
Indian national security adviser arrives in Dhaka for Bimstec meeting
Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval arrived in Dhaka for a three-day official visit on Tuesday afternoon, to attend the Bimstec national security chiefs' meeting and hold discussions with Bangladesh officials. The second meeting of the national security chiefs of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) will be held in Dhaka on Wednesday, an official told UNB. Prime Minister's Security Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique is likely to lead the Bangladesh delegation at the meeting, while senior officials from the Home, Defence and Foreign affairs Ministries will assist him. The member states of Bimstec are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The first meeting of the Bimstec national security chiefs was held in New Delhi on March 21, 2017. The meeting noted that Bimstec member states face common security challenges and underlined the necessity for addressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges with cooperation, in order to harness economic prosperity and ensure security in the region. It also underscored the importance of recognising the Bay of Bengal as a common security space and agreed to work out collective strategies for responses. On March 20, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla said terrorism remains the single greatest threat to peace and stability in the region. "To achieve the desired regional cooperation, it's essential to have peace and security in the region," he said, adding that the national security chiefs' meeting will deepen regional cooperation in the security domain, including in maritime security. Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale is likely to arrive in Dhaka in the second week of April. He is set to attend an event on Bangladesh-India relations on April 9, with Prime Minister's International Affairs Advisor Dr Gowher Rizvi as the chief guest, an official told UNB. The newly appointed Indian foreign secretary is expected to discuss a number of bilateral issues with Bangladesh officials during the two-day visit, including the long-awaited Teesta water-sharing deal.