Dhaka, Bangladesh: A seven-member delegation led by Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Rifles Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam left Dhaka for Burma on January 9 to discuss border related issues with Burma authorities, said a BDR press release.

During the visit starting on January 10, the two sides will also try to find ways to strengthen friendly ties and boost confidence between the two neighbouring countries.

The delegation includes the Sector Commander of Chittagong Col Habibur Rahman, Director of BDR Col Jashim Uddin, Staff Officer of BDR headquarters Lt.Col Md. Nasmul Alam, ADC to DG of BDR Captain Adnan Kabir, a member of the Home Ministry and a director of the Foreign Ministry. 

During the trip, the BDR Chief will meet his counterpart Burma’s border security force Nasaka Chief in Maungdaw where military mobilization occurred, and where now stands a barbed wire fence erected by the interior and home ministers of Burma.

He will also call on the Bangladesh ambassador in Rangoon, according to the schedule sent to the home ministry from the BDR headquarters.

The BDR Chief will visit the Bangladesh-Burma border in Maungdaw in Arakan state.

He is also scheduled to visit the border immigration headquarters of Burma and the Western Command Headquarters situated in Ann Township, Arakan State.

A BDR letter sent to the home ministry of Burma in December, last year said the BDR Chief will also discuss border issues like smuggling of arms and drugs and other contraband items into Bangladesh from Burma through border points, trans-border crimes, pushing in of Arakanese Rohingyas into Bangladesh, recent Nasaka activities along the Bangladesh-Burma border, problems faced by Bangladeshi fishermen in the Naf River  and in the Bay and taking necessary  steps for confidence building, illegal crossing of border and other issues of mutual interest.

He will also ask Burma to take back its nationals, arrested by Bangladesh, while intruding into the country and those who have completed their prison terms in different jails after being charged with various criminal offences.

This Director General level meeting was to be held on December 10, 2009 but, Burma postponed it showing various reasons.