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Bangladesh, India to hold JCC meeting Tuesday

| Updated: September 29, 2020 09:34:39


Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen and his Indian counterpart Dr. S Jaishankar  -File Photo Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen and his Indian counterpart Dr. S Jaishankar -File Photo

The sixth Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting will be held on Tuesday in a virtual platform in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen and his Indian counterpart Dr. S Jaishankar will lead their respective sides in meeting that is anticipated to focus on Rohingya crisis, water sharing in common rivers, energy, connectivity, trade and border issues, reports BSS.

Diplomatic sources in New Delhi said both the foreign ministers may discuss the draft of the water sharing treaty of six common rivers — Monu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gomti, Dharla and Dudhkumar — and will give a guideline to hold the JRC meeting soon.

Sources familiar with the developments also expected that a new date of holding the stalled JRC meeting between Bangladesh and India will be announced in the tomorrow’s JCC meeting.

The last meeting of the JRC was held in New Delhi in 2010. But, during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India last year, both the countries had agreed to direct the JRC technical committee to exchange updated data and information and prepare a draft framework to this end.

Sources, however, said last evening that Dhaka and New Delhi will discuss the common programme during ‘Mujib Year’ apart from reviewing the development sectors of Bangladesh-India bilateral engagements in the meeting.

Bangladesh will host the 6th JCC meeting as the 5th meeting of the commission was held in New Delhi in February last year when Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen and his the then Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj led their respective sides.

During the 5th India-Bangladesh JCC meeting held on February 8 last year, four MoUs were signed to further strengthen the existing multifaceted cooperation between the two neighbouring countries.

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