Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka for bilateral meet; Rohingya crisis, Teesta River deal likely to be discussed

Sushma Swaraj arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a two-day visit to attend a joint consultative committee meeting to review bilateral ties

PTI October 22, 2017 14:40:28 IST
Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka for bilateral meet; Rohingya crisis, Teesta River deal likely to be discussed

Dhaka: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a two-day visit to attend a joint consultative committee meeting to review bilateral ties and discuss ways to further strengthen the relationship.

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Dhaka for bilateral meet Rohingya crisis Teesta River deal likely to be discussed

File image of Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Twitter/ @MEAIndia

Swaraj, who arrived on a special Indian aircraft, was received by her Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmud Ali at the Bangabandhu Air Base in Dhaka.

Officials said the Teesta River deal and the Rohingya crisis were among issues likely to be discussed in Swaraj's talks with Ali.

She 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," an Indian High Commission statement said.

Bangladesh foreign ministry officials said Swaraj was scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, main opposition leader Raushan Ershad of Jatiya Party and former premier Khaleda Zia later on Sunday.

Swaraj is likely to join the signing of two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for setting up a "common facility centre" for small and medium enterprises in southwestern city of Khulna and export of hi-speed diesel to Bangladesh, they said, adding that she would also inaugurate 15 development projects funded by the Indian government.

This is Swaraj's second visit to Bangladesh and comes after recent trip of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during which India operationalised a $4.5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh to enable implementation of development projects in key areas, including power, railways, roads and shipping.

The announcement of the line of credit was made during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April.

The development is also seen as India's attempt to counter increasing Chinese influence in Bangladesh, where Beijing is trying to make inroads in infrastructure ventures.

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