Home Ministers of India BD to meet today

Home Ministers of Bangladesh and India will meet in New Delhi today when issues like anti-terror cooperation, Rohingya refugees repatriation and illegal movement of people across the border are expected to be come up for discussion.

 Smuggling of cattle and arms and ammunition are also likely to figure in the talks between Home Minister Asaduzzaman and his Indian counterpart Amit Shah.

This will be the first interaction of Shah with a foreign leader after assuming charge as the country's home minister two months ago.

“Issues concerning both the countries will be discussed threadbare” at tomorrow’s meeting”, an Indian Home Ministry official said. India is keen to sign a pact with Bangladesh for deportation of illegal immigration in the wake of over 41 lakh people being left out of Assam's controversial draft National Register of Citizens which is expected to be published by this month-end.

Radicalisation of youths and Rohingya refugees issues may also figure in the talks. The delegation-level talks will also be attended by top internal security officials of India and Bangladesh.

 During the delegation-level dialogue, steps to be taken to strengthen the existing mechanism to check movement of illegal immigrants and smuggling of cattle, narcotics and fake currency through the porous India-Bangladesh border will figure prominently, another official said. India shares a 4,096-km-long border with Bangladesh. Ends