Bangladesh seeks talks with Myanmar to check drug smuggling

DHAKA : Bangladesh seeks to hold talks with Myanmar to discuss ways to prevent drug smuggling along the border, home ministry officials said, reports UNB.
Home Ministry additional secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed told UNB this week the foreign ministry has been asked to contact Myanmar to set a date for the talks.
Bangladesh has long been worried about a huge inflow of smuggled contraband drugs like yaba and phensedyl from Myanmar.
A home ministry delegation, headed by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, has been on a visit to Bangladesh’s border areas with Myanmar since Friday to inspect measures to stop the drug trafficking.
Asaduzzaman said Bangladesh looks forward to a fruitful dialogue with the Myanmar authorities and find a solution to the long-standing issue.
Bangladesh officials say huge illegal drugs, including contraband Yaba tablets, are smuggled into the country through hilly areas of the border, especially Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar and Naikhongchhari in Banbardan.
The 250-kilometre land border between Bangladesh and Myanmar is also found out to be a hotspot for drug-smuggling between the countries.
Home Ministry joint secretary Siddikur Rahman told UNB that a high-profile monitoring committee comprising members of Police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Coast Guard, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and officials of different anti-narcotic organisations, has already been formed to curb drug smuggling along border areas of the country.