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Bhattacharjee discusses border problems with Menon

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Oct 28 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon at the Writers' Building here today to discuss problems in the state's border with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

The one-hour meeting was believed to have discussed the problems of infiltration and militancy from across the border.

"West Bengal is important from the point of view of external affairs since it shares border with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. We exchanged views regarding our relation with the neighbours," Mr Menon, who recently took over as Foreign Secretary, told reporters.

The Chief Minister, however, declined to elaborate on his discussions with the Foreign Secretary.

State Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb and senior MEA officials, accompanying Mr Menon, also attended the meeting.

Describing Mr Menon's visit as a 'courtesy call', Mr Deb said the discussion centred around the border situation.

"The Centre wanted to know about border problems, our relation with the neighbouring countries and our perception on different issues. We have explained our points," he said.

In the recent times, Mr Bhattacharjee had repeatedly complained about the threat of militancy and ISI activities from across the Bangladesh border as well as Maoist movement in the vicinity of the state's border with Nepal.

He had also demanded increase of Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and expediting the fencing arrangement.


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