Dhaka-Delhi agree to operationalise anti-terrorism treaty

Dhaka-Delhi agree to operationalise anti-terrorism treaty


Dhaka and New Delhi have agreed to operationalise immediately an existing treaty for jointly combating terrorism and organized crime against the backdrop of the situation in Bangladesh.According to an Indian High Commission statement issued here today the consensus came as the Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan overnight wrapped up talks with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh in the Indian capital.”Both the home ministers agreed on the need to immediately operationalise the Agreement on Combating Terrorism and Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking,” the statement said a day after the delegation-level meeting.It said the two neighbours agreed to intensify further cooperation between their security and investigation agencies against the backdrop of the two back-to-back terrorist attacks in Bangladesh.”The two sides agreed to further strengthen the ongoing cooperation between the security and investigative agencies of the two countries through a programme of training, capacity building, information exchanges, etc,” the statement read.It said Singh proposed a round- the- clock anti-terrorism joint vigilance “channelizing efforts” to defeat the terrorism saying “the two countries have to be vigilant at all times and channelise efforts to defeat the terrorism and ensure peace, security and prosperity of the two countries”.

Singh, the statement said, assured Bangladesh of India’s fullest support and cooperation in its fight against terrorism while condemning the horrific terrorist attacks in Dhaka this month and conveyed his deepest condolences.The Indian statement came as Bangladesh’s home ministry last night issued a press release saying India reiterated its readiness to offer all assistance to the next-door neighbor’s fight against terrorism appreciating Dhaka’s firm stance against militancy.”India reiterated its eagerness to offer whatever Bangladesh needs in the fight against terrorism and militancy” while the two ministers agreed to work in closer liaison to combat the menace, a Bangladesh home ministry release said after the meeting.It said Singh highly appreciated Bangladesh’s stance against militancy under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership.The meeting endorsed a particular provision of the 2013 extradition treaty to ease repatriation of wanted persons, which the spokesman said, would benefit Bangladesh to get back wanted Bangladeshis and particularly the terrorists hiding in India.The Indian statement, meanwhile, said the two ministers expressed satisfaction over the signing of an addendum to the Bilateral Extradition Treaty of 2013 to “further streamline the treaty and to make it more effective”.Singh recalled the excellent and friendly bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh and expressed deep satisfaction over the ratification of the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement of 1974 and its Protocol of 2011 last year.He also expressed satisfaction over the timely completion of all aspects of the agreement, signing of 30 boundary strip maps pertaining to erstwhile adverse possessions and un-demarcated areas, completion of ground demarcation work, orderly movement of those enclave dwellers who chose to move to mainland India, completion of citizenship formalities of erstwhile enclave residents on both sides etc.During the talks, the Indian statement said, two home ministers recalled Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s address in the wake of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, emphasizing the need to be united in the fight against terrorism and to be vigilant against the nefarious designs of destabilising elements in society.India and Bangladesh also emphasized the need for speedy operationalization of three other security related memorandums of understanding signing during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2015 Dhaka tour.These were MoU between the two coastguards to establish collaborative relationship to combat transnational illegal activities at sea; MoU on preventing smuggling and circulation of fake currency notes; and MoU on preventing women and children trafficking and rescue and reintegration of victims.Both sides emphasized the importance of effective implementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) to enhance cooperation between the border guarding forces of the two countries and to enable them to better monitor the identified vulnerable areas with a view to preventing criminal activities, irregular movement, and acts of violence and loss of lives along the border areas.The Bangladesh home ministry statement, meanwhile, said the Bangladesh home minister appreciated Indian initiative to ease the visa processing system for people of the next-door neighbor and requested the Indian authorities to revise provision which currently required travelers to return home only from the port through which they entered into India.Bangladesh side, he said, also requested India to provide long term visas to senior Bangladeshi citizens and 1971 freedom fighters while “India assured us of considering the issue”.Bangladesh high commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali, senior home secretary Mozammel Haque Khan, inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Haque, director general of BGB Major General Aziz Ahmed, Coast Guard director general Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury and other concerned officials comprised the Bangladesh side.India’s state ministers for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Kiren Rijiju, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrish consisted of the Indian side.


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