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Sushma Swaraj in Dhaka

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:34 AM    |     Modified: Sunday, November 5, 2017 3:59 PM

Dhaka: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Sunday 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 at1:41 pm, a senior official said, reports the UNB.

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

BangladeshandIndiawill hold the next Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meetingon Sundayafternoon 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 at4:30 pmat 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 at6pmon 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 toBangladeshat the invitation of Mahmood Ali and comes soon after the state visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh toIndiain April 2017.

The visit is expected to avail of an opportunity for review of the excellent bilateral relations betweenIndiaandBangladeshand 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.

The two ministers reviewed the status of economic cooperation and development partnership initiatives taken during the visit of Prime Minster of India Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June 2015 and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina to India in April 2017.

IndiaandBangladeshhave witnessed a deepening of bilateral economic cooperation in recent years, particularly in terms of increasing volumes of trade and investment flows, said the Indian High Commission inDhaka.

During the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina toIndiain April 2017, an Indian Line of Credit of US$ 4.5 billion was announced forBangladesh.

The dollar credit line agreement for implementation of this third Line of Credit (LoC) was signed in presence of the Ministers of Finance ofIndiaandBangladeshon October 4.

This brought the total quantum of credit lines extended byIndiatoBangladeshover the last six years to US$ 8 billion.

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