India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue

Jan 28: The 2nd India-Bangladesh Consular Dialogue was held on 28 January 2021 in New Delhi. Shri Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV & OIA) led the Indian delegation, while the delegation from Bangladesh was led by Amb. Mashfee Binte Shams, Secretary (East), MOFA. Consular dialogue mechanism between the two countries was instituted in 2017 to discuss issues related to consular, visa, and mutual legal assistance matters.

The two sides had wide-ranging discussions on mechanisms to strengthen coordination and cooperaton on Consular issues. These included finalisation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for consular access, verification of nationality and release of detainees, particularly early release of detained fishermen. It was agreed that implementation of provisions under the Revised Travel Arrangements (2018) relating to tourist, student and business visas and further liberalization of visa formalities and entry and exit norms would further enhance ease of travel. Both sides welcomed the close cooperation between agencies to deal with terrorism and cross-boundary crimes and on legal assistance.

Both sides reiterated their commitment to continue to work towards citizen-centric consular mechanisms. Noting the special bond between the two countries and the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties, they agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relations and promote greater people-to-people exchanges. The next Consular Dialogue will be scheduled in Dhaka.