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India, Bangladesh review bilateral ties

Dhaka, Oct 22 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Sunday co-chaired the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee meeting here.

They “reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations”, the Indian High Commission here tweeted.

Sushma Swaraj’s visit comes amid the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

According to the UN office in Bangladesh, over 600,000 Rohingyas have entered the country since August 25 after the Myanmar Army launched a crackdown on the minority community following a series of attacks on security personnel in Rakhine state.

India has provided relief material to Bangladesh to deal with the crisis.

Sushma Swaraj was earlier on Sunday received at the airport here by Foreign Minister Ali.

This is her second visit to Bangladesh as External Affairs Minister and comes after the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April this year.

A statement by the Indian External Affairs Ministry said Sushma Swaraj is “expected to meet the Bangladeshi leadership and interact with the representatives of leading Bangladeshi think tanks, chambers of commerce and industry and cultural organisations”.

It added that “the visit is expected to afford an opportunity for a review of the excellent bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh and further strengthening of these ties”.

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