Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to meet Khaleda on Sunday

Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. Members of the Muslim Rohingya minority escaped to the border with Bangladesh but Bangladeshi border guards are turning them Rohingya refugees
Sammy Stanley | 23 October, 2017, 05:37

Regarding long-term solution, Swaraj said, "It is clear that normalcy will only be restored with the return of the displaced persons to Rakhine state. We will continue to fight this scourge together and along with other like minded countries", Swaraj said.

Rohingya Muslim children, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, jump over a bamboo fence to break the queue as they wait to receive food handouts distributed to children and women by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Saturday, Oct.ober 21, 2017. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister urged India to play a greater role by "exerting sustained pressure" on Myanmar to find a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.

She is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gano Bhaban around 6:00pm today. India, for its part, has committed to provide financial and technical assistance for identified projects to be undertaken in Rakhine state in conjunction with the local authorities. Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which had boycotted the 2014 general election, now holds no representation in the Bangladesh Parliament.

This is Swaraj's second visit to Bangladesh and comes after the recent trip of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during which India operationalised a United States dollars 4.5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh to enable implementation of development projects in key areas, including power, railways, roads and shipping.

In the area of power, India is now supplying 660MW to Bangladesh to take care of its shortfall, she said.

Sushma said India attaches the "utmost importance" to its relations with Bangladesh.

"India is deeply concerned at the spate of violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar", federal External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a joint address to the media along with her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali following the fourth India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee meeting.

It was expected that during the meeting both countries would review the implementation and progress of decisions taken during Hasina's visit to New Delhi this year.

"Totally, three lines of credit amounting to $8 billion have been extended by India to Bangladesh so far".

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