Myanmar-Bangladesh hold Ministers of Home Affairs meeting

Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe meets with Bangladesh President Hon. Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid at the official residence of the President of Bangladesh.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe meets with Bangladesh President Hon. Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid at the official residence of the President of Bangladesh.  Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, along with officials who were visiting the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, called upon Bangladesh President Hon. Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid at the official residence of the President of Bangladesh on the evening of 15 February to discuss the aim of the visit, which included affirming and increasing bilateral friendship and resolving border affairs in a friendly manner.
Later, the Myanmar-Bangladesh Home Ministers meeting for cooperation on bilateral security and law enforcement was held at the Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs in Dhaka yesterday evening.
The meeting was attended by 15 members of the Myanmar delegation, led by Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, along with Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh U Lwin Oo, Ministry of Home Affairs Permanent Secretary U Tin Myint, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary U Myint Thu, Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Maj-Gen Aung Win Oo and high ranking officials.
Eighteen representatives from Bangladesh were led by H.E. Mr. Asaduzzaman Kahn MP, Minister of Home Affairs, along with Mr. Mostafa Kamal Uddini, Secretary, Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary, Security Services Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Rear Admiral (Retd.) Md. Khurshed Alam, BN, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other high ranking officials.
During the meeting, matters relating to increasing work on border security and stability, combatting the illegal transport of drugs, sending back displaced persons from Bangladesh to Myanmar, increasing understanding and cooperation on security along the border of the two countries, terrorism and cross border crimes, and cooperation in combatting crimes occurring along the river border of the two countries were discussed, and the following was agreed upon.
(a) According to the Memorandum of Understanding on security sector discussions and cooperation, arrangements are to be made for regular meetings between authorized officials.
(b) Preparations for Deputy Minister/Secretary level annual meetings are to be set and, if necessary, a minister level meeting is also to be held.
(c) To increase mutual understanding and cooperation, meetings between the Bangladesh Border Guard Force and Myanmar Border Police Force at different levels and sectors are to be continued.
(d) Liaison officers are to be assigned at basic, intermediate, central/top levels for mutual coordination, communications and exchanges of news.
(e) Exchanges between cultural and sports groups are to be scheduled, along with conducting the readings of papers, training programs and study tours to establish cooperation.
(f) The quick setup of liaison offices is to be implemented for bilateral security and the rule of law in Maungtaw on the Myanmar side, and at Cox Bazar on the Bangladesh side.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Bangladesh passed along a list of 8,032 people from 1,673 families to Myanmar for assessment, prior to returning them. Myanmar also urged Bangladesh to investigate and provide information about the list of terrorists and criminals belonging to the ARSA terrorist group, which had been previously sent to Bangladesh. — MNA

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