Myanmar must take back their displaced, says Swaraj in Bangladesh


DHAKA: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reiterated India’s concerns over violence in Myanmar and said normalcy would only be restored with the return of the displaced people to Rakhine state.
Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in Dhaka on a two-day visit to attend a joint consultative committee meeting to review the bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh and discuss ways to further strengthen the relationship, held a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
She was quoted by Bangladeshi media as having told Hasina that Myanmar must take its people back. “Myanmar must take back their nationals, they are a big burden for Bangladesh…How long will Bangladesh bear it? There should be a permanent solution,” Swaraj reportedly said in the meeting.
Sushma Swaraj met leader of Opposition Raushen Ershad and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties. She also met BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest
Following a meeting with her Bangladeshi counterpart, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that both the countries will “continue to fight the scourge of terrorism together”.
She added that both the countries were “determined to protect our societies from threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy”. She also reportedly added that India was “deeply concerned at the spate of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar” against the Rohingya.


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