Bilateral co-op, Rohingya crisis on agenda as Sushma visits Myanmar

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: FIle photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj PTI

New Delhi: FIle photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a two-day visit to Myanmar on Thursday. During this visit, Ms Swaraj will hold talks with the top leadership of Myanmar and both sides were expected to ink several key agreements covering diverse aspects of the bilateral relations.

Issue of cross border activities and situation in Rakhine state are also likely to figure in the talks between the two sides. They are also expected to review the progress made on decisions taken during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar in September 2017.

Meanwhile, India sent its second relief consignment to Bangladesh to help tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar following a military crackdown, triggering one of the world’s worst refugee crises.

Over 600,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since August when the military intensified crackdown against alleged militant outfits of Rohingya Muslims.

File Photo: Newly arrived Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar walk as they continue their journey in to a camp for refugees in Teknaf, Bangladesh.

File Photo of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar walking to a camp for refugees in Teknaf, Bangladesh.

Indian Navy Ship INS Airavat sailed from Vishakhapatnam and reached Chattogram port (formerly Chittagong) Port yesterday where Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla handed over the relief consignment to Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzel Hussain Chowdhury Maya.

Officials familiar with the development said the 373-tonne consignment contained 104 tonnes of milk powder, 102 tonnes of dried fish, 61 tonnes of baby food, 50,000 raincoats and 50,000 pairs of gum boots.

Earlier, India sent relief materials for 300,000 Rohingyas in September last year under ‘Operation Insaniyat’ to support Bangladesh in its humanitarian efforts.

(With inputs from PTI)