India hails Bangladesh for humanitarian gesture towards Rohingya

NEW DELHI, Feb 8 (KUNA) — India on Friday appreciated neighboring Bangladesh for its humanitarian gesture towards Rohingya people who were forced to leave the Rakhine region of Myanmar following massive violence.

A joint statement, issued after talks between Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bangladeshi counterpart A.K. Abdul Momen as part of the fifth India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission meeting in New Delhi, said they discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual concern including repatriation of displaced people from Rakhine state of Myanmar.

“The Indian external affairs minister expressed appreciation for the humanitarian gesture of Bangladesh in supporting a large number of displaced persons from the Rakhine region of Myanmar and assured … India?’s continued support for safe, speedy and sustainable return of the displaced persons to Myanmar,” the joint statement said.

On his part, the visiting Bangladeshi minister conveyed gratitude of Bangladesh to India for providing humanitarian assistance in four tranches since September 2017 to “meet the requirements of the displaced persons from Myanmar.” Both sides agreed to the need of speeding up safe and sustainable repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas to their homeland. During the Joint Consultative Commission meeting, the two ministers underlined that India-Bangladesh relationship is built upon strong historical, cultural and linguistic pillars in addition to shared values of democracy, secularism and development cooperation.

India and Bangladesh are satisfied at the level of cooperation in “security, border management, mutually-beneficial trade and investment flows, power and energy, river water sharing, development partnership, transport connectivity, culture, people-to-people contacts,” the statement said.

They jointly welcomed attempts to expand the cooperation into other key areas of space, nuclear energy, IT and electronics.

On sidelines of the talks, four MoUs were inked to further strengthen cooperation in training civil servants, and enhance cooperation in the field of medicinal plants, anti-corruption and invite investments in an Indian economic zone.

Momen had met Indian premier Modi and discussed ways of further improving bilateral ties after arriving kin New Delhi on Thursday on his first foreign visit after the government of Sheikh Hasina was voted into power in December 2018. (end) atk.rk

Source: Kuwait News Agency