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7th Indo-Bangla home ministerial meeting in New Delhi March 31

Our Correspondent

24 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh and India are going to hold the seventh home ministerial meeting in New Delhi on March 31.

Various issues, including Rohingya influx into Bangladesh and their repatriation, will top the agenda of talks, sources said.

Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh will lead their respective sides.

Rajnath, who will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls-2019 from Lucknow, is busy with campaign in his constituency.

But, he will go to New Delhi to attend the meeting.

They will discuss trans-border security and Rohingya issues. Lok Sabha polls will be held in various Indian states in seven phases. Beginning on April 11 it will continue till May 19.

Close neighbour Bangladesh’s law and order is important to India before and during polls.

India wants to see its poll unaffected by any crisis in Bangladesh.

Both the countries may discuss restrictions on visa issuance, except emergency needs, before and during poll to avoid any untoward incident, sources told the Daily Sun.

Reducing border killing to zero level, resisting trans-boundary terrorism and boosting security cooperation between both the countries will also be discussed.

Counterfeit notes and border smuggling will be included in the agenda of talks.

Home secretaries, representatives of foreign ministries, high-ups of law enforcement agencies, and border guard forces of both the countries will take part in the meeting.

A 20-member Bangladesh delegation will proceed to New Delhi. 

The sixth home ministerial meeting was held in Dhaka in July last year.