JCC meeting in Delhi: Strengthening bilateral relations

AK Abdul Momen and S Jayashankar

The Foreign Ministers of India and Bangladesh stressed on the need to expedite the implementation of the decisions of the top leadership of the two countries in order to deepen and expand cooperation in various fields.

This was stated in a joint statement issued after the meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) of the two countries in New Delhi on Sunday. The statement noted the excellent relations that exist between the two neighbors, adding that besides strengthening cooperation, the people of the two countries have been tasked by the concerned authorities to resolve various issues in the mutual interest and find a lasting solution. In addition, the two sides reaffirmed the need for safe, speedy and sustainable Rohingya repatriation.

JCC meeting in Delhi: Strengthening bilateral relations

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen led the Bangladesh delegation to the seventh meeting of the Foreign Ministers’ Forum JCC. India is led by Foreign Minister S. Jayashankar.

After the meeting, Jayashankar’s statement was published on the website of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. It said India was interested in cooperating in flood control management and relief work in the wake of floods in northern Bangladesh.

Emphasizing on cooperation in water sharing of the common river, Jayashankar said, “We have a responsibility to manage and conserve the water of the common river flowing between the two countries as well as to protect the environment including the Sundarbans.” We need to work together on these issues to fulfill our commitment to environmental protection. He said improved border management is India’s top priority. The two countries’ border guards are committed to curbing cross-border crime. The two countries must work together to ensure that the border is crime-free.

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