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Think-tank suggests enhanced Indo-Bangla security cooperation

Favouring enhanced Dhaka-New Delhi cooperation to address bilateral security concerns, a leading Bangladeshi think tank has said effective management of a "security regime" was crucial for good relations between the two neighbours.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2010 16:01 IST

Favouring enhanced Dhaka-New Delhi cooperation to address bilateral security concerns, a leading Bangladeshi think tank has said effective management of a "security regime" was crucial for good relations between the two neighbours.

"Effectively managing a security regime is important not only for countering terrorism but also for maintaining and underpinning a secure atmosphere in relations between the two countries," Bangladesh Institute for Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) said in a special report published today.

The report, which came three days ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's three-day India tour, said "security is likely to be the most prominent item on India's agenda for this meeting. However, the security concerns of Bangladesh are required to be adequately highlighted".

In the interest of a strong bilateral relationship, while it is important for Bangladesh to understand and address India's security concerns, it is also imperative for India to reciprocate, it said.

Officials said security and terrorism issue was expected to be a prime agenda during Hasina's talks with her counterpart Manmohan Singh while the two countries were likely to ink a deal on countering the menace.

Hasina in her election manifesto suggested formation of a South Asian task force to fight militancy.