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India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue held in Dhaka

In this year’s Consular Dialogue, the agenda for discussion included the finalisation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for repatriating each other’s detained nationals and early release of detained fishermen.

The Third India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue at Dhaka. Source: Twitter/@ihcdhaka

The third edition of the India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue was held in Dhaka. The delegation from India was led by Ausaf Sayeed, Secretary of consular, passport and visa and Overseas Indian affairs from the Ministry of External Affairs. They met in the Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka with the Bangladeshi delegation, under ambassador Mashfee binte Shams, Secretary (East), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Instituted in 2017, the consular dialogue mechanism has since been used to improve consular, visa and mutual legal assistance cooperation between the two nations and to strengthen the ties between the two peoples. The countries take turns hosting the meeting, with the first Consular Dialogue held in Dhaka and the second Consular Dialogue having been held in New Delhi in Jan. 2021.

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