Swaraj meets B'desh PM discusses Rohingya crisis

ANI | Updated: Oct 22, 2017 21:51 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Ocotber 22 (ANI): India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss the humanitarian crisis caused due to influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine State.

Addressing the media after the JCC meeting earlier today, Swaraj said rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development of Rakhine State is the only long term solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Swaraj and Hasina further discussed the ways to deepen the partnership between Indian and Bangladesh.

The External Affairs Minister also handed over some memorabilia of the Great Liberation War of 1971 to the Bangladesh Prime Minister.

Swaraj briefed Hasina about the discussions held between two countries during the course of the fourth Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) and about the tangible progress made since her visit to India, here today, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar informed in a series of tweets.

"Relationship with Bangladesh of utmost priority! EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on PM Bangladesh SheikhHasina. Discusses ways to deepen partnership. EAM @SushmaSwaraj apprised PM #SheikhHasina of the productive discussions at the JCC and tangible progress made since her visit to India. Discussed situation arising out of influx of displaced persons from Rakhine State and need for an early & lasting solution (sic)," Kumar tweeted.

Before meeting the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Swaraj co-chaired the JCC meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, where both leaders reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations.

Both countres also discussed the challenges of terrorism, radicalisation and extremism during the JCC meeting.

"We will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like-minded countries," Swaraj said post JCC meeting.

The External Affairs Minister further emphasised that India's relations with Bangladesh are based on fraternal ties and are reflective of an all encompassing partnership based on sovereignty and understanding.further emphasised that India's relations with Bangladesh are based on fraternal ties and are reflective of an all encompassing partnership based on sovereignty and understanding. (ANI)

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