India-Bangladesh foreign secys to meet over Rohingya issue
11:59 AM, October 05, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:12 PM, October 05, 2017

India-Bangladesh foreign secys to meet over Rohingya issue

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque is likely to meet Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today when the Rohingya crisis is expected to be discussed, Indian media reports.

Haque, who arrived in New Delhi Tuesday, is also meeting Indian officials to deal with the Rohingya crisis, with which Dhaka is grappling because of the arrival of refugees, reports The Indian Express.

The two foreign secretaries will also discuss possible dates for the visit of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Dhaka for a joint consultative commission meeting.

Sources said that while the Rohingya issue will be one of the key matters to be discussed, both sides will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations.

This comes days after India reassured Bangladesh of extending “diplomatic and humanitarian” support on the Rohingya issue as Dhaka presented its case to the envoys of the UN Security Council member states here. More than 4.36 lakh refugees have crossed the border from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 25 when a military crackdown was launched following attacks on security forces, allegedly by a Rohingya group.

Swaraj had earlier expressed India’s full support to Bangladesh’s stance over the Rohingya issue as international concern grows over the fate of the refugees. A Bangladesh government official said this year’s JCC meeting is “crucial” for the relations between the two neighbours.

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