Dhaka, Aug 8 : India on Thursday highly acclaimed the zero tolerance policy of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina against any sort of terrorism and religious extremism, describing Bangladesh as a role model for maintaining religious harmony.
The experts should visit Bangladesh to witness the religious harmony under which the people live together in peace, a press release from Bangladesh Home Ministry quoted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saying.
Mr Modi’s comment came when Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan paid a courtesy call on him at his official residence in New Delhi. Mr Khan arrived on Tuesday to attend the 7th Bangladesh-India home minister level talks held on Wednesday. During the meeting, Mr Modi congratulated Sheikh Hasina as she became Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the three consecutive terms and appreciated Dhaka’s policy of not allowing use of its territory by extremists and insurgents for perpetrating violence in other countries including India.
When Rohingya issue came up for discussion, Mr Modi told the home minister that India had already raised the issue with Myanmar authority as New Delhi thinks that the crisis must be resolved. He assured the Bangladesh minister to discuss the matter again with Myanmar aimed at ensuring smooth and peaceful repatriation of the Rohingya people.
About border management issue, the Indian premier assured Mr Asaduzzaman that the two nations would work together for a secured and effective border by combating drug smuggling and cross-border terrorism.
He also opined that the nine-member Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Cooperation could play a crucial role to maintain peace and development in the region. During the meeting, Mr Modi expressed his country’s eagerness to be a partner of the programmes undertaken by Dhaka to observe the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali, Home Secretary (Public Safety division) Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Secretary (Protection Division) Mohammad Shahiduzzaman and Inspector of Police Dr. Mohammad Javed Patwari were present at the deliberations. (UNI)