India, Bangladesh to hold bi-annual border talks on Rohingyas, fake currency smuggling

Oct 3, 2017 10:20 IST
India, Bangladesh to hold bi-annual border talks on Rohingyas, fake currency smuggling

The Chiefs of the border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh would be holding bi-annual talks to discuss a host of issues including movement of Rohingya immigrants across the border on 3 October 2017 at New Delhi.

The Director General-level talks, the 45th between the two sides, will be held between a 24-member delegation of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) led by Director General Maj Gen. Abul Hossain and Border Security Force (BSF) of India led by its chief KK Sharma. The talks will be held at a BSF camp for the duration of 4 days.

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Following are some of the issues that would be discussed during the talks:

• The movement of Rohingya refugees

• Smuggling of fake Indian currency notes

• Smuggling of drugs and narcotic substances

• Human trafficking

• Trans-border crimes including cattle smuggling

• Activities of Indian insurgent groups based in Bangladesh,

• Prevention of illegal migration

• Joint efforts for effective implementation of common agenda programmes

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Besides this, the two sides will take up issues that were discussed when a BSF delegation visited Bangladesh in February 2017. The two sides would also be reviewing the progress of the single -row fence they are putting up to secure over 250 villages ahead of the existing barbed-wire fence along the International Border to curb cross-border crimes and instil a sense of security among the people living in the area.

India shares a 4,096 km-long border with Bangladesh. The relations between the border forces of the two nations are very cordial and the aim of these talks is to take them forward.

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