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Bangladesh Top in India’s Neighbour First Policy: Swaraj in Dhaka

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Dhaka on 22 October, on a two-day bilateral visit.

Updated23 Oct 2017, 11:44 PM IST
India
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Dhaka on 22 and 23 October to attend a joint consultative committee meeting to review the bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh and discuss ways to further strengthen the relationship.

Snapshot
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concluded her two-day bilateral visit to Bangladesh
  • She met Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and main Opposition leader Raushan Ershad
  • Swaraj inaugurated 15 projects funded by the Indian government during her visit
7:03 AM, 23 Oct

We Will Solve All Irritants With Sincerity, Says Sushma Swaraj

India will resolve all irritants in ties with Bangladesh with sincerity, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday, 23 October, as she inaugurated 15 Indian-assisted development projects worth about $8.7 million.

On the last day of her Bangladesh visit, Swaraj lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the opening of the sprawling new chancery complex of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

During the ceremony, she also launched 15 development projects being funded by India in Bangladesh, which officials said have been planned as per the country's geographical spread, socio-economic benefits and priorities.

India is following a policy of neighbours first, and among the neighbours Bangladesh is foremost.
Sushma Swaraj

She said the relations between the neighbours are now outstanding, and that both countries are working to resolve these irritants in the spirit of “friendly relations and with right intention”.

She did not specify the nature of the issues, but the water sharing of common rivers, particularly the Teesta, has long been pending between the two neighbours.

“I can assure you we (both countries) will solve all irritants with sincerity,” she said.

11:51 PM, 22 Oct

Myanmar Must Take Back Their Nationals: Swaraj

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj reiterated India’s concerns over violence in Myanmar and said normalcy would only be restored with the return of the displaced people to Rakhine state.

Recalling India's efforts to help Bangladesh deal with the situation resulting from the arrival of refugees from Myanmar, Swaraj said India was deeply concerned at the spate of violence.

We have urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population.
Sushma Swaraj

She was quoted by Bangladeshi media as having told Hasina that Myanmar must take its people back. “Myanmar must take back their nationals, they are a big burden for Bangladesh...How long will Bangladesh bear it? There should be a permanent solution,” Swaraj reportedly said in the meeting.

3:20 PM, 22 Oct

Swaraj Meets Bangladesh Opposition Leader

Sushma Swaraj met leader of Opposition Raushen Ershad and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties. She also met BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest

12:45 PM, 22 Oct

Sushma Meets Bangladesh PM Hasina

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday. The MEA handle tweeted that the two leaders discussed situation arising out of “influx of displaced persons from Rakhine State” and a need for an early and lasting solution.


Published: 22 Oct 2017, 10:16 AM IST
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