India, Bangladesh to ink 3 anti-terrorism pacts

13:48, January 10, 2010      

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India and Bangladesh will ink three anti-terrorism pacts when Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits India next week, highly placed government sources said Saturday.

"Hasina will be in India for three days from Monday. The two countries will sign the agreements on counter-terrorism and organized crime in a bid to thwart separatists from the country's northeastern states to flee to Bangladesh. Apart from these pacts, the two countries will also ink an agreement on cooperation in the power sector," the sources said.

The three terror agreements include an agreement on mutual legal assistance on criminal offences, agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons and agreement on combating international terrorism, organized crime and illegal drug trafficking.

Ahead of Hasina's visit, Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said that India had got a counter terror assurance from Dhaka.

"We have been assured that Bangladesh territory will not be used by elements inimical to India while we pursue mutually beneficial relationship," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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