In the consular talks in Delhi on Thursday, Dhaka calls for ending restrictions faced by Bangladeshis in India
Bangladesh has asked for flexibilities in the Indian visa regime and addressing the difference in overstay fine structures applied by New Delhi.
In the second consular talk between the two neighbours in the Indian capital on Thursday, Dhaka called upon Delhi for ending restrictions faced by Bangladeshis in India, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The entire gamut of bilateral consular issues was discussed in depth during the dialogue.
The agenda included expeditious repatriation of each other’s nationals, particularly trafficked women and children, smooth facilitation of exit permits and expediting consular access.
The Bangladesh side sought India’s attention on repatriation of the remaining members of Bangladeshi Tabligh Jamaat who are still under detention in India.
Besides, the Indian side was also requested to ease registration requirements for Bangladeshi patients coming for treatment at various hospitals in India.
Request to ease travel restrictions through all ports for Bangladesh nationals was also reiterated by the Bangladesh side.
The two sides agreed to expedite the process of consular access, transfer of sentenced persons and visa related issues among others. Both sides reiterated their earlier commitments to share real time information on arrests and detention.
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Both sides agreed that the consular dialogue is an important mechanism to further strengthen the people-centric approach, which is at the core of the ties between the two friendly countries.
The Bangladesh delegation was led by Ambassador Mashfee Binte Shams, secretary (East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the Indian side was headed by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, secretary (consular, passport & visa and overseas Indian affairs) of the Ministry of External Affairs.
The Bangladesh delegation included high-level officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Police, Border Guard Bangladesh and prison authorities.
The first ever consular dialogue between Bangladesh and India was held in November 2017 in Dhaka.