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Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka

Sun Online Desk     22nd October, 2017 02:27:38 printer

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka

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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has arrived in Dhaka on a two-day official visit to discuss bilateral issues aiming to take forward the relations to the next level.


She arrived at the Bangabandhu Air Force base at 1:41 pm on Sunday, quoting a senior official, UNB reports.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali received Sushma upon her arrival. Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla was present.


Bangladesh and India will hold the next Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting on Sunday afternoon to review the entire bilateral relations and take forward the decisions taken so far.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will lead their respective sides at the fourth such meeting which will begin at 4:30 pm at Sonargaon Hotel in the city.


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


The Indian External Affairs Minister will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 6pm on the same day.


The Rohingya issue is likely to come up for discussion in both the meetings, a diplomatic source 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.


This is the second visit of Sushma to Bangladesh at the invitation of Mahmood Ali and comes soon after the state visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to India in April 2017.


The visit is expected to avail of an opportunity for review of the excellent bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh and further strengthening these ties, said the Ministry of External Affairs.


Earlier, Indian Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley paid a three-day official visit from October 3 at the invitation of Finance Minister AMA Muhith.