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World News | India, Bangladesh Hold Talks on Repatriation of Detained Nationals on Each Side

Dhaka [Bangladesh]July 25 (ANI): India and Bangladesh held the third Consular Dialogue in Dhaka on Monday and held wide-ranging discussions on mechanisms to strengthen coordination and cooperation on consular issues.

This Consular Dialogue Mechanism was established in 2017 to discuss and improve consular, visa and mutual legal assistance cooperation between India and Bangladesh, thereby contributing to strengthening people-to-people relations.

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Monday’s talks included the finalization of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the repatriation of each other’s detained citizens and the speedy release of detained fishermen.

“The 3rd India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue was held in Dhaka on 25 July 2022. Dr. Ausaf Saeed, Secretary (CPV & OIA) led the Indian delegation, and the Bangladesh delegation was led by Amb Mashfi Binte Shams, Secretary (East), MoFA,” Foreign Affairs Ministry (MEA) said in a statement.

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“The two sides held extensive discussions on mechanisms to strengthen coordination and cooperation on consular issues. This included finalization of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for repatriation of each other’s detained nationals and early release of detained fishermen,” the MEA added.

The MEA said the two sides agreed that closer implementation of provisions under the Revised Travel Arrangements (2018), relating to tourist, student and business visas, and further liberalization of visa procedures and entry and exit norms would further enhance ease of travel.

“Both sides welcomed closer cooperation between law enforcement agencies to combat terrorism, cross-border crime and enhance mutual legal assistance,” the MEA said.

Both sides reiterated their commitment to continue working towards a citizen-centric consular mechanism.

Noting the unique friendship and special bond between the two countries, especially on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, they agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations through easier and more extensive people-to-people exchanges.

The next consular dialogue will be scheduled in New Delhi. (ANI)

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