New Delhi: India and Bangladesh on Tuesday ended a two-day meeting on border security and anti-terror cooperation.

The Indian delegation was led by home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and the Bangladesh delegation by his counterpart Mozammel Haque Khan.

“The meeting was fruitful and the two sides discussed working of institutional arrangements, security-related issues, cooperation in prevention of illegal activities along the borders and border management issues. The talks were held in cordial atmosphere and conducive to greater cooperation between the two countries," said a senior home ministry official on condition of anonymity.

Home ministry officials also added that exchange of information on terrorists and terror groups dominated the agenda.

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India has been aiding Bangladesh in investigations of the 1 July terrorist attack in Dhaka and cracked down on televangelist Zakir Naik.

The porous India-Bangladesh border also remains a cause of concern for India. Although the border is peaceful, the inflow of fake currency notes, narcotics and cross-border cattle smuggling need to be addressed, experts said.

“Intelligence is a critical area which needs to be worked on... setting up a tight security apparatus along the international border is of import right now," said former home secretary G.K. Pillai.

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar visited Bangladesh last week.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to visit India on 18-20 December.

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