Home Secretaries will be in contact on phone to seek cooperation

India and Nepal on Monday discussed cooperation in countering cross-border crimes and terrorist activities, and decided to join hands in sharing terror-related information on a real-time basis.

During Home Secretary-level talks here, the two sides discussed countering circulation of fake Indian currency, smuggling of arms and ammunition, trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances and misuse of SIM cards. They decided to share intelligence reports, progress in establishment of integrated checkposts and laying of border roads, and India's support for training and capacity building of Nepal's security apparatus.

Being held after a gap of two years, the high-level meeting took stock of security cooperation and decided that henceforth the Home Secretary of either country telephonically hold discussions with his counterpart or seek cooperation on any terror-related issue on a real-time basis. Home Secretary R.K. Singh, who led the Indian delegation, appreciated Nepal's assurance that it would not allow its territory to be used for activities inimical to India's interest, and assured Kathmandu of New Delhi's commitment to provide all necessary cooperation and assistance. From Nepal, its Home Secretary Sushil Jung Bahadur Rana led an 11-member team.

Smooth transit

According to a Home Ministry spokesperson, the meeting was held in a cordial environment and both countries expressed their satisfaction over its outcome. The two sides expressed the hope that the meeting would go a long way in addressing mutual security concerns, and enhancing cooperation and friendly relations.

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