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Post at: Aug 17 2022

India- Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission

Recent Context

  • The seventh round of the India-Bangladesh joint consultative commission (JCC) was held in New Delhi on 19th of June, 2022.
  • The joint commission was co-chaired by Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India and Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

Background of India-Bangladesh relation

  • India was the first nation to recognize Bangladesh as a separate and independent state.
  • India and Bangladesh established diplomatic relations mutually immediately after Bangladesh's independence in December 1971.
  • Bangladesh is the forth export destination of India in 2022.

Features of the meeting

  • In this meeting the ministers welcomed the further strengthening of bilateral ties with the unprecedented  visits by both the president and the prime minister of India.
  • Both the ministers expressed satisfaction that despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, both countries have worked closer than even before in every sector.
  • It was agreed that the 8th round of India-Bangladesh JCC will be held in Bangladesh in 2023.

Significance of the meeting

  • Repatriation of Rohingyas :
    • It is important to mention here that Bangladesh has been hosting more than a million displaced persons from Rakhine, known as the Rohingyas, since 2017.
    • The year 2022 marks the fifth year of the exile of this community that Dhaka wants to repatriate with "security and dignity".
  • Land Boundary Agreement and River management : 
    • Both Countries have resolved border problems through the Land Boundary Agreement of 2015.
    • Both the countries have been in dialogue over the sharing of multiple rivers that define the borders and impact lives and livelihoods on both sides.

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