Indian Home Minister Rajnath due Friday; security cooperation in focus


Dhaka, July 12: Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives here on Friday on a three-day visit to further discuss on how two neighboring countries can strengthen cooperation in security areas showing zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalization.Issues related to radicalization of youths by the terrorist groups, border issues, fake currencies, border killings, cattle smuggling, visa issues, movement of illegal immigrants and Rohingya issues are likely to be discussed during the meeting apart from discussing ways to further strengthen the mutual cooperation in preventing terrorism.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will receive his Indian counterpart at Bangabandhu Air Base at 4:30pm upon his arrival by a special aircraft.

Rajnath will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday morning to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries during his visit, an official told UNB.

The Indian Home Minister along with his Bangladesh counterpart will open a mega Indian Visa Application Center at Jamuna Future Park in the city after his meeting with the Prime Minister on the same day.

State-of-the-art IVAC will have 50 counters together giving an opportunity for around 700 applicants together.

On Saturday afternoon, the Indian Home Minister will visit Bangladesh Police Academy, Sardah.

The Indian Home Minister will have meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan to discuss core issues on Sunday morning.

Rajnath will visit Bangabandhu Museum to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman before the meeting. He will place floral wreaths on Bangabandhu’s portrait.

He will also visit Dhakeshwari Temple and will offer prayers there after visiting Museum.

A 12-mmber delegation consisting of Indian Home Ministry officials and high ups of the Border Security Force (BSF) is likely to accompany the Indian Home Minister.

Home Ministry sources said they have taken all the preparations for the visit which might see signing of three bilateral cooperation documents including revised travel arrangements 2018.

Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Home Minister Khan will host dinners in honor of the Indian Minister on Friday and Saturday evening respectively. He will leave Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.