Bangladesh and India have expressed their firm resolve to continue their strong bilateral engagements in the coming days.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj expressed the determination as they met on Wednesday in New Delhi on the sidelines of 3rd Raisina Dialogue, according to a message received in Dhaka yesterday evening.
During the meeting, they discussed all aspects of bilateral relations and took a quick stock of the progress following the 4th Joint Consultative Council (JCC) meeting held in Dhaka in October last year.
Sushma informed Ali that both sides have agreed on a list of 14 projects under the third Line of Credit (LoC) which was announced during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in last April.
Both of them further observed that people to people contact is the fundamental aspect to any bilateral relations, and noted that visits by various strata of people from both countries are on the rise.
Expressing happiness at the India’s support to Bangladesh during Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh foreign minister requested the Indian government to continue its support in future.
In reply, Sushma Swaraj told, “Support is ensured”. She also reiterated that India’s commitment to support the rehabilitation programme to ensure sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas to Rakhine state.
Mahmood Ali briefed her counterpart on the ‘Arrangement’ signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for repatriation of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to Rakhine State.
Sushma Swaraj also briefed her counterpart about Indian engagement in Northern Rakhine state including construction of pre-fabricated houses for the returnees.
Both the ministers discussed the modalities and physical arrangements for early repatriation of Rohingya people to Myanmar.
The Indian minister appreciated Bangladesh government in managing the Rohingya crisis saying that it demonstrated ‘very matured public responses.’
Bangladesh Foreign Minister is visiting India to attend the 3rdRaisina Dialogue where he is expected to make the Ministerial Keynote Speech at the concluding session on Thursday evening.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali accompanied the foreign minister during the meeting, the message added.