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India assures Bangladesh of support for speedy return of Rohingyas

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday assured of its continued support for "safe, speedy and sustainable" return of Rohingyas to Rakhine region of and expressed its appreciation for the humanitarian gesture of in supporting a large number of such displaced persons.

The assurance was given by at the (JCC) meeting co-chaired by her and her counterpart

The two Ministers reaffirmed that the relationship between and Bangladesh, forged in the 1971 Liberation War, goes far beyond a strategic partnership and it today anchored in history, culture, language and shared values of democracy, secularism, development cooperation and other commonalities.

The two signed three MoUs including on mid-career training of 1800 Bangladesh civil servants, on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants between and the of Bangladesh. A MoU was also signed between and

Momen, who had called on on Thursday, conveyed the greetings of Sheikh Hasina, and her appreciation for Modi being the first foreign leader to congratulate her upon the victory of the in Bangladesh's in December 2018.

Modi reaffirmed "India's abiding commitment to remain Bangladesh's most committed partner for security and development."

Modi also conveyed his good wishes to his Bangladeshi counterpart for her success in this third consecutive term in office.

During the JCC meeting, and Momen also expressed satisfaction that both were "working closer than ever before" in every sector, from security and to mutually-beneficial trade and investment flows, power and energy, river water sharing, development partnership, transport connectivity, culture, people-to-people contacts.

"The expressed appreciation for the humanitarian gesture of Bangladesh in supporting a large number of displaced persons from the Rakhine region of and assured the of India's continued support for safe, speedy and sustainable return of the displaced persons to Myanmar," said a joint press release issued after the meeting.

Momen conveyed gratitude of for the humanitarian assistance provided by in four tranches since September 2017 to help meet the requirements of the displaced persons from

"The two ministers agreed on the need to expedite safe and sustainable repatriation of the displaced people from Rakhine State of Myanmar," the release said.

The ministers tasked their accompanying officials to develop a forward looking roadmap for bilateral cooperation "to make the partnership irreversible."

They said that partnership-building efforts should be enhanced in a manner commensurate with commemoration of

The ministers discussed the gamut of bilateral issues of mutual interest and implementation of decisions taken earlier.

They said the relationship was now broadening to include new and for partnership, such as space, nuclear energy, IT and

An MoU was also signed between and to facilitate investments in the Indian Economic Zone in Mongla.



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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 23:04 IST