Home Secretary Singh hails strengthening of bilateral ties with Bangladesh

Dhaka, Oct. 16 (ANI): Union Home Secretary Raj Kumar Singh on Tuesday hailed the strengthening of bilateral ties with neighbouring Bangladesh.

Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart C Q K Mustaq Ahmed visited the Integrated Land Customs Stations (ILCS) at the Indo-Bangladesh border in northeastern Tripura state on Monday to review the progress of its construction work.

The foundation stone for the ILCS was laid by India's former home minister P. Chidambaram in May 2011 to boost trade with Bangladesh and facilitate trans-border passenger traffic.

Singh arrived in Dhaka on Monday for three days of talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart.

"I think that today, the level of friendship and cooperation, which exists between the two countries is unprecedented between any countries, anywhere. We have for the past three and a half years worked together in all the spheres, which concerned us and in all the spheres we have reached good agreements," said Singh.

The extradition of several militants belonging to India's northeast also figure prominently in the agenda for discussions and the top priority right now is that of leader of the insurgent United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) outfit, Anup Chetia, who is to be extradited by December this year.

During these talks, both the countries are expected to sign the extradition treaty.

Singh is leading a 10-member Indian delegation in the 13th round home secretary level talks in Dhaka. The last meeting of the home secretaries was held November 19-21, 2011 in New Delhi.

The other issues to be discussed will be on growing fundamentalist activities in Bangladesh, better border management by the border-guards of the two nations, border fencing, anti-social activities by some elements across the border, etc. (ANI)