India and Bangladesh on Saturday agreed for early completion of pending fencing along the Indo Bangladesh Border (IBB) as agreed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries.
The decision was taken during the 19th home secretary-level talks held between both the countries virtually.
The 19th home secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh were held virtually in the backdrop of ‘Mujib Barsho’and 50 years of Bangladesh Liberation War and establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The Indian delegation was led by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Union home secretary and Mostafa Kamal Uddin, senior secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs of Bangladesh.
Both the secretaries reiterated their commitment to further expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in security and border-related issues. Both sides reaffirmed not to allow the territory of either country to be used for any activity inimical to each other’s interests.
Both sides appreciated the cooperation between the two countries and the action taken to address the menace of terrorism and extremism in an effective manner. The effective functioning of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP)to control the illegal cross-border activities was appreciated by both sides.
Both sides agreed to further enhance the level of cooperation to prevent the smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and contraband.
Bangladesh appreciated the assistance provided by India in the field of training and capacity building for various security agencies.
Both sides reviewed the entire gamut of security and border-related cooperation and agreed to work closely to fulfill the shared vision of the leadership of the two countries.