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Kamal: Bangladesh will not be a staging ground for terror against India

  • Published at 02:37 pm July 15th, 2018
  • Last updated at 03:28 pm July 15th, 2018
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

The home minister made the remark while briefing reporters at the Secretariat after holding talks with Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Bangladesh has informed India that it will not allow any part of its territory to be used  for the planning of terror activities against India — as Bangladesh has zero tolerance for terrorism and militancy.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal made the remark while briefing reporters after the sixth home minister-level talks at the Secretariat to discuss cooperation between the two neighbouring countries—with a special focus on security cooperation, reports UNB.

Earlier, the home minister and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh led their respective sides in the meeting held in the conference room of the Home Ministry, in Dhaka, on Sunday.

The home minister said that India extends all types of support to Bangladesh to counter terrorism and militancy.

"They are exchanging information with us so that we can combat terrorism and militancy," he said.

At the meeting, the ministers discussed issues related to security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities, and travel arrangements.

The Indian home minister also discussed the influx of Rohingyas from  Rakhine State, Myanmar over the past year and conveyed that India is committed to extending help in the safe, speedy, and sustainable return of these people to their homes.

During the meeting, the “Revised Travel Arrangements 2018” was signed between the two countries to ease the visa system.

Home Secretary (Protection Service Division) Farid Uddin Ahmed and Special Secretary of Department of Border Management of India Sri Brij Raj Sharma signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

According to the agreement, freedom fighters and elderly citizens of Bangladesh, aged above 65, will get multiple-entry for five years, when approved for visas, he said.

Around 10 million people from Bangladesh travel to different countries every year, of which 3 million are going to India, said the minister.

The Indian minister also assured them of providing necessary help in resolving problems of Bangladesh and providing higher training to police, RAB, and Fire Service department personnel, the minister added.

The discussion also decided on providing necessary assistance to construct roads in bordering areas.

Replying to a query about bringing back two killers of Bangabandhu from India, the minister said: "A committee was formed earlier to look into the matter and the committee is working on it."

On Friday, the visiting Indian home minister said Bangladesh and India have made "notable progress" in transforming land and maritime boundaries into zones of peace and tranquility.

"India attaches great significance to its ties to Bangladesh," said the Indian minister.

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