Sushma Swaraj meets Bangladeshi counterpart

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali here on Wednesday during which the two leaders discussed a number of bilateral issues.

“A valued neighbour, an important friend. EAM meets with Bangladeshi FM Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

According to a report from Dhaka, a statement issued by the Bangladesh foreign ministry said the two ministers discussed various issues of Bangladesh-India bilateral relations, including water resources, trade and commerce, security and border management.

It was also decided that the next meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC), co-chaired by the two ministers, will be held in Dhaka in July this year.

Wednesday’s meeting assumes significance because of the Bangladesh government’s clampdown on terrorist elements following the killing of a head priest of a Hindu temple in the country last month, the responsibility for which was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terror outfit.

On Tuesday, Ali addressed the Raisina Dialogue here, a global conclave on geopolitics and geo-economics organised by the external affairs ministry and the Observer Research Foundation.

He called for integration of the South Asian nations, saying that the newly formed Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) sub-regional coordinative architecture would prove to be a game changer in the region.

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