Nepal-India border security forces agree to boost cooperation

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The Armed Police Force (APF) Nepal and Indian Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) jointly patrol the area along the Nepal India border, 1.5 kilometre east of Gaur, the district headquarters of Rautahat, on Friday, December 1, 2017. Photo: Prabhat Kumar Jha

KATHMANDU: The third coordination meeting between the Armed Police Force, Nepal and Sashastra Seema Bal, India has decided to put in place further measures for enhancing coordination and cooperation between the two border security forces.

The meeting which concluded today in New Delhi reviewed security scenario along the Nepal-India border.Both sides agreed to hold routine consultations at all levels – from leadership to Border Observation Post on the ground, stated a press release issued by the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi on Friday.

The meeting also decided to launch joint patrol along the border to curb possible cross-border crimes including human and drugs trafficking, goods and arms smuggling.

In order to facilitate movement of people during the upcoming festive season, APF and SSB have decided to set up Help Desks in major border checkpoints, reads the release.

In addition, the meeting agreed to augment the mutual exchange of training and exposure visits.

Nepali delegation to the meeting was led by Inspector General, APF, Shailendra Khanal and included officials from APF, Foreign and Home Ministries. Likewise, the Indian delegation was led by Director General, SSB, Rajni Kant Mishra and included officials from SSB, External Affairs and Home Ministries.

 

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