Sushma to discuss ties with Dhaka

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2017

Sushma Swaraj did not use the word Rohingya to refer to the thousands who have taken shelter in Bangladesh and instead referred to them as displaced persons from Rakhine state, bdnews24.com reported. Both the leaders reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is set to meet BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia tonight.

On her arrival, she was received by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali & High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla. She said, " We discussed common challenges, one such challenge is that of terrorism, radicalisation & extremism.

Addressing the media after the JCC meeting, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, "We will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like-minded countries".

The indian external affairs minister will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina at 6:00pm on the same day.

Rohingyas are stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine state in Myanmar and are categorised as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Swaraj urged the global community to handle the situation with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population.

The minister said the "only long-term solution to the situation in Rakhine State is rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development that would have a positive impact on all the communities living in the State".

The meeting will coordinate, oversee and follow up the implementation of initiatives as well as explore new avenues for cooperation.

She is visiting the country at the invitation of Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.

India and Bangladesh have witnessed a deepening of bilateral economic cooperation in recent years, particularly in terms of increasing volumes of trade and investment flows.

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