India, Bangladesh will fight terrorism, extremism together, says Sushma Swaraj

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This will be her second visit. EAM said that India has urged for the situation to be handled with restraint, keeping in mind welfare of the people.

Later addressing the press, Swaraj highlighted the issues discussed by JCC.

"We are determined to protect our societies from threat of ideologies of hate, violence and terror by adopting a zero tolerance policy and a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels", she added.

"Sushma Swaraj has said there should a fair election in Bangladesh".

Swaraj briefed Hasina about the discussions held between two countries during the course of the fourth Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) and about the tangible progress made since her visit to India, here today, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar informed in a series of tweets.

Regarding long-term solution, Swaraj said, "It is clear that normalcy will only be restored with the return of the displaced persons to Rakhine state".

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But it comes at a time when the decades-old Rohingya refugee crisis took a new turn, with more than half a million of the Myanmar nationals entering Bangladesh since Aug 25 after fleeing ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state.

"Our relations are based on fraternal ties and are reflective of an all-encompassing partnership based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding that goes far beyond a strategic partnership", she said.

Swaraj added there should be a permanent solution of the Rohingya issues and global community should contribute to social and economic development of Rakhine state. The development is also seen as India's attempt to counter increasing Chinese influence in Bangladesh, where Beijing is trying to make inroads in infrastructure ventures.

Both leaders reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations. Modi's comments upset Bangladesh with Dhaka's envoy in New Delhi conveying his country's concerns to the Indian foreign secretary.

"We are confident that this credit will be invaluable to Bangladesh as it pursues its developmental priorities, especially in the areas of infrastructure development", Swaraj said.

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