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Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh due Friday; security cooperation in focus

  • Published at 06:42 pm July 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:53 pm July 12th, 2018
File photo of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh Reuters

Rajnath Singh will inaugurate a mega Indian Visa Application Centre at the city’s Jamuna Future Park during his visit

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Dhaka on Friday for a three-day visit to further discuss on how the two neighbouring countries can strengthen cooperation in security areas showing zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalization.

Issues related to radicalization of youths by the terrorist groups, border issues, fake currencies, border killings, cattle smuggling, visa issues, movement of illegal immigrants and Rohingya issues are likely to be discussed during his visit.

He will also discuss ways to further strengthen the mutual cooperation between the countries in preventing terrorism.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will receive Rajnath at Bangabandhu Air Base at 6:30pm following his arrival by a special aircraft.

Rajnath will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday morning to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries, an official told UNB.

Afterwards, he and Kamal will also open a mega and integrated Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) at the city’s Jamuna Future Park.

The new state-of-the-art IVAC will have 50 counters that will serve around 700 applicants together.

Later in the afternoon, the Indian home minister will visit the Bangladesh Police Academy in Rajshahi’s Sharda to jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building there.

On Sunday, Rajnath and Kamal will co-chair the regular Bangladesh-India Home Minister level talks at the Home Ministry starting from 10:30am in Dhaka. This will be the sixth such meeting. The last one was held in New Delhi in July 2016.

According to the Indian High Commission here, the ministers are expected to discuss issues related to security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements.

Rajnath Singh will visit the Bangabandhu Museum to pay respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Afterwards, he will also visit the Dhakeshwari Temple and will offer prayers.

He will likely be accompanied by a 12-member delegation that will consist of officials from both his ministry and the Border Security Force (BSF).

The visit is expected to facilitate a comprehensive review of the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries; and contribute to the further strengthening of ties, said the Indian High Commission.

Sources from Bangladesh Home Ministry said all preparations have been taken for the visit, which might see signing of three bilateral agreements, including revised travel arrangements.

Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will host dinners in honour of the Indian minister on Friday and Saturday evening, respectively.

Rajnath will leave Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.