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Featured Image: The meeting is underway at Coast Guard regional headquarters at New Town in Kolkata. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 28 August: THE Coast Guards of India and Bangladesh have decided to strengthen real time information sharing on maritime security.

The decision has been taken today at regional commander level meeting held in Kolkata between delegations of the Coast Guards of the two countries.

Capt Mohammed Ali Chowdhury, West Zone commander, and inspector general Kuldip Singh Sheoran, commander Coast Guard region, North East, led the delegations of Bangladesh Coast Guard and the Indian Coast Guard, respectively. The delegations include senior officers from different fields on both sides.

During the meeting the delegations also stressed on sensitizing fishermen on cross border fishing, bilateral exercise on maritime issues, capacity building of Bangladesh Coast Guard by imparting training and sharing expertise.

Both the sides have expressed desire to cooperate so to jointly tackle maritime challenges across the mutually shared International Maritime Boundary Line. The Indian side offered the Bangladesh delegation an overview on the measures taken for maritime safety and security in West Bengal and Odisha.

After today’s meeting, the Bangladesh delegation will now visit Haldia in East Midnapore to have first-hand insights into functioning of the coastal surveillance network set up by Indian Coast Guard all along Indian coast of main land and island territories.