Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard officers held a high-level meeting in New Delhi on Monday to explore ways to fight all forms of maritime crimes.
A government official said several key issues like training for Bangladesh Coast Guard personnel, maritime search and rescue, and response to marine pollution were discussed.
“The two sides also discussed the serious issue of arms smuggling in the Bay of Bengal,” said a senior government official privy to the meeting.
While Rear Admiral Mohammad Makbul Hossain, Director General, Bangladesh Coast Guard, led the Bangladesh delegation, his Indian counterpart Vice Admiral HCS Bisht led the Indian side.
The Bangladesh delegation will visit Mumbai and Kolkata before leaving for Dhaka on Apr 10.
They will be briefed on various aspects of shipbuilding in India.