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Dhaka, Delhi to discuss security, border cooperation Sunday

  • Published at 06:28 pm July 13th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:06 pm July 13th, 2018
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, centre, welcomes his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh at the Bangabandhu Air Base in Dhaka on Friday; July 13, 2018 PID

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives Friday evening

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Dhaka on Friday to further discuss how the neighbouring countries can strengthen cooperation in security and show zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalization.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal received his Indian counterpart at Bangabandhu Air Base on Friday.

Rajnath will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday morning to discuss issues related to the radicalization of youths by terrorist groups, an official of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said.

They will also discuss border security, counterfeit currencies, cattle smuggling, visa and processing and illegal immigration, and the Rohingya.

After the high-level talks, Asaduzzaman and Rajnath will then open a mega and integrated Indian Visa Application Center at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka.

The state-of-the-art IVAC will have 48 counters and can cater for around 700 applicants together.

On Saturday afternoon, the Indian home minister will visit Bangladesh Police Academy in Sardah to jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building.

On Sunday, Asaduzzaman and Rajnath will co-chair the 6th meeting of the Bangladesh-India Home minister-level talks at the Bangladesh Secretariat.

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The last Home minister-level talks were held in New Delhi in July 2016.

Also during his visit, Rajnath will tour Bangabandhu Museum to pay respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, before offering prayers at the Dhakeshwari Temple.

A 12-member delegation consisting of Indian Internal Affairs Ministry officials and other top officials of the Border Security Force (BSF) is likely to accompany the Indian home minister.

Home Ministry sources said they have taken all the preparations for the visit, which might see the signing of three bilateral cooperation documents, including revised travel arrangements 2018.

The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, hosted a dinner in honour of Rajnath on Friday evening.

Attendees included the prime minister's advisers, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.

Home Minister Khan will also host a dinner for his Indian counterpart on Saturday evening.

Rajnath is scheduled to leave Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.