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India seeks extradition treaty with Bangladesh

delhi Updated: Aug 13, 2012 02:11 IST
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At a time when there is little forward movement on the Teesta treaty or the land border pact between India and Bangladesh, New Delhi has opened up newer areas of cooperation to sustain the thaw in bilateral ties with its friendly neighbour.

Delhi is keen to take the security cooperation with Sheikh Hasina government to a higher level and sign an extradition treaty. It has also offered cooperation in nuclear energy sector.

During rural development minister Jairam Ramesh's recent trip to Dhaka on August 5-6, a host of issues of bilateral cooperation came up for discussion. Ramesh, who went to Dhaka as a special envoy of PM Manmohan Singh met various Bangladeshi ministers apart from holding a long meeting with premier Hasina.

Security cooperation has been one of the high points of the bilateral ties after Hasina came to power. Now, New Delhi wants to cap it with a formal extradition treaty between the two countries. The Manmohan Singh government has conveyed to Dhaka that an early singing of the extradition treaty would further strengthen the bilateral ties.

India has also offered help in civil nuclear energy-an area of interest for Bangladesh. India, that has an ambitious civilian nuclear energy agenda, is ready to offer its expertise on nuclear safety . New Delhi's offer is also seen as an attempt to restrict China from entering the neighbourhood's key energy sector.

Ramesh's visit, two more ministerial-level meetings have been lined up in September. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is set to discuss capacity building and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar will meet his Bangladeshi counterpart to extend cooperation for dryland farming to Dhaka.