Swaraj co-chairs 4th JCC meeting with Bangladesh FM

23 October, 2017, 05:36 | Author: Colin Gill
  • Swaraj in Bangladesh: EAM says combating terror major challenge, says deeply concerned with violence in Rakhine

Insurgents operating in India's northeast have taken shelter in both countries in the past, using bases there for hit-and-run operations. EAM said that India has urged for the situation to be handled with restraint, keeping in mind welfare of the people.

"We are determined to protect our societies from threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels", she added.

Swaraj is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.

Almost 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25 to escape persecution that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

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".

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.

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Bangladesh has sought India's "sustained pressures" on Myanmar for its resolution.

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

During her trip, Ms. Swaraj will co-chair the Indo-Bangla joint consultative commission meeting to review the bilateral relations and discuss ways to further strengthen the ties.

Sushma said they vowed to continue to fight "this scourge together and along with other like-minded countries".

Bangladeshi foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, the prime minister's advisor on worldwide affairs Gowher Rizvi, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, Bangladeshi principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, and Bangladeshi foreign secretary Shahidul Haque were present along with India's Foreign Secretary Joy Shankar and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Vardhan Shingla. In the statement, she also said creating economic opportunity in the troubled Rakhine state could help resolve the situation.

The third JCC meeting was held in New Delhi in 2014.

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