Swaraj co-chairs 4th JCC meeting with Bangladesh FM

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

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

She arrived in a special aircraft which landed at Bangladesh Air Force Base Bangabandhu in Dhaka.

Swaraj is to stay at the same hotel during her two-day trip to Bangladesh.

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

Both the leaders reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations.

"During the visit, EAM and the Bangladesh Foreign Minister will co-chair the 4th meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission".

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

External Affairs Minister also weighed in on the existing Rohinhya crisis.

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In the evening, Swaraj called on PM Sheikh Hasina and discussed the Rohingya crisis.

"In addition, India has also been extending grants for small socio-economic projects in Bangladesh", the Indian Minister said.

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

Almost 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State where the army has launched a crackdown against militants.

Swaraj clearly stated that by adopting a "zero tolerance policy", India and Bangladesh are determined to protect our societies from the threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror.

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

This brought the total quantum of credit lines extended by India to Bangladesh over the last six years to $8 billion.

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