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Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Explains Indo-Bangladesh Agreements


The agreements signed between Bangladesh and India during the Prime Minister's recent visit to India can be scrapped by any side with a six-month advance written notification.

"All the three agreements will be effective after the ratification by both the two countries. The agreements can be scrapped on six months' advance notice by either side," Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes said this while briefing reporters at the ministry yesterday.

He said Bangladesh and India would form a joint coordination committee with representatives of law-enforcing agencies and intelligence wings of both the countries for coordinated action to combat international terrorism, organised crime and cross-border drug trade.

Under the agreement on Combating International Terrorism, Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking, the two countries are subject to follow their domestic laws and rules, and assist each other in preventing international terrorism, resisting smuggling of drugs and chemical products, he said.

Responding to a question, the Foreign Secretary said that anything that may hamper any country's sovereignty and security or contradict existing laws and rules of any country would not come under the purview of this agreement. On Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between Bangladesh and India, the Foreign Secretary S said a convention on this issue was signed by the SAARC member states during the SAARC Summit in Colombo in 2008.

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