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Rohingya crisis: Return of 'displaced persons' only solution, says Swaraj

India's External Affairs Minister spoke on the issue during her two-day visit to Bangladesh

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a meeting in Dhaka on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a meeting in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PTI

India is "deeply concerned" at the spate of violence in Myanmar's State where normalcy will be restored only with the return of "displaced persons", External Affairs Minister on Sunday said amidst the raging

Nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to since late August to escape violence in Myanmar's State where the army has launched a crackdown against

doesn't recognise Rohingya as an ethnic group and insists that they are Bangladeshi migrants living illegally in the country.

has sought India's "sustained pressures" on for its resolution.

"India is deeply concerned at the spate of violence in Myanmar's State," Swaraj said after talks with the Bangladeshi side as part of the fourth Joint Consultative Commission.

She, however, preferred not to use the word "Rohingya" and said: "We have urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population."

Swaraj is on a two-day visit to at the invitation of Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.

"It is clear that normalcy will only be restored with the return of the displaced persons to state.

"The only long-term solution to the situation in State is rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development that would have a positive impact on all the communities living in the State," she said.

Ali said Dhaka was "happy to be reassured that India would continue to support the humanitarian cause related to Rohingyas in Bangladesh".

"We further urged India to contribute towards exerting sustained pressure on to find a peaceful solution to the issue, including the sustainable return of all Rohingyas to their motherland," he said.

India has committed to provide financial and technical assistance for identified projects to be undertaken in State in conjunction with the local authorities, Swaraj said.

India has supported the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Kofi Annan-led Special Advisory Commission report.

India and today discussed the common challenge of terrorism and resolved to fight the scourge together even as New Delhi reaffirmed its status as a reliable development partner of Dhaka.

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

First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 09:52 IST