Won't allow our soil to be used for any terrorist activities against India: B'deshJuly 15, 2018 18:45
Bangladesh today reassured India that it will not allow its soil to be used for any terrorist activities against the neighbouring country as visiting Home Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan on security-related issues.
Singh, who is in Dhaka on a three-day visit, co-chaired with Khan the 6th India-Bangladesh home minister-level talks.
The meeting discussed "all security related matters of interest including counter terrorism, capacity building and increased cooperation between security agencies, border management, countering illegal activities like fake currency, drug and human trafficking, consular issues", the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said in a statement.
Briefing reporters after his talks Singh, Khan said security issues largely featured in their meeting, with particular focus on border management, cross-border crimes and illegal activities.
"We had a successful meeting," Singh said in his brief comment. He did not join Khan for the media briefing.
Khan said Bangladesh reassured India that "we will not allow its soil to be used for any terrorist activities particularly against India in line with our zero tolerance policy to terrorism and militancy".
He said India has extended all types of support to Bangladesh to counter terrorism and militancy.
"They are now exchanging militancy related information with us," he said.
"Discussions were held to ease travel arrangements between the two countries as well," he said, adding that under a revised travel agreement signed today Bangladeshi freedom fighters and elderly nationals would get five years' multiple Indian visa.
Khan said discussions were held to make easier the visa issuance process for students and medical treatment seekers in India.
Khan said the Rohingya issue was also discussed and his counterpart conveyed India's commitment to extend its assistance for safe, speedy and sustainable return of these people to Myanmar's Rakhine state.
India has offered to send more relief material and supplies to help Bangladesh deal with the needs of those in the relief camps. India is simultaneously working on a project to construct pre-fabricated housing in Rakhine to ensure the displaced Rohingya are properly resettled post-deportation. -- PTI
Image: Home Minister Rajnath Singh holds talks with Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. Photograph: PIB