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India, Bangladesh working on better border management
Publication Date : 03-04-2014
India's Foreign Secretary, Sujatha Singh, said India and Bangladesh were working toward putting in place a better border management system to prevent crime and combat terrorism along their 4,000-km-long boundary.
The foreign secretary was speaking at the two-day conclave on India-Bangladesh security organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI).
She said tat while the “porous” border had led to various illegal activities which needed to be tackled effectively, the two countries should further explore cooperation in the areas of power, water and trade.
Talking about the difficult topography along the border, Singh said both countries were working towards a better border management system.
An memorandum of understanding will be signed between the two countries to prevent infiltration, organised crime, human trafficking, illegal drug trafficking, circulation of fake currency notes (FICN), she said.
“If India is secure, Bangladesh is also secure. This issue goes to the core of what our common understanding should be,” she said.
Singh, without naming Pakistan, made a reference to it when she said that the terror infrastructure being sheltered would come back to haunt those who were providing “sustenance” to it.
“We have seen from the experiences of another neighbour, our neighbour to the west that the forces of terrorism that are sheltered or encouraged will come back to destroy the very support structure that gave them sustenance in the first instance,” she said.
Singh said both India and Bangladesh had come to a clear resolve that “we do not wish to harm each other. We wish to contribute to each others economic progress, socio-economic progress, development and stability.”
“Most of our neighbours are changing in the positive direction... the economic growth figures are encouraging and more importantly they bring with them growing demand and growing aspiration,” Singh added, citing Maynmar as an example.