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Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. Members of the Muslim Rohingya minority escaped to the border with Bangladesh but Bangladeshi border guards are turning them

Rohingya refugees

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday started her 2-day visit to Bangladesh, where is scheduled to take part in 4thmeet of India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) and will meet high government and political leaders. She last visited the country in 2014.

This is her second visit to Bangladesh as External Affairs Minister and comes after the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April this year. It has sought help from India in de-escalating the crisis. She added,"Both nations have a comprehensive approach in fighting violent extremism and terrorism at all levels".

Earlier, Indian minister of finance and corporate affairs Arun Jaitley paid a three-day official visit from October 3 at the invitation of finance minister AMA Muhith.

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She, however, preferred not to use the word "Rohingya" and said "we have urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population".

The minister said the "only long-term solution to the situation in Rakhine State is rapid socio-economic and infrastructure development that would have a positive impact on all the communities living in the State".

Foreign minister Mahmood and his Indian counterpart Sushma will lead their respective sides at the fourth such meeting that will begin at 4:30pm at Sonargaon Hotel in the city.

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India and Bangladesh on Sunday discussed the common challenge of terrorism and resolved to fight the scourge together even as New Delhi reaffirmed its status as a reliable development partner of Dhaka. "There should be a permanent solution", the Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted Swaraj as saying.

India and Bangladesh have witnessed a deepening of bilateral economic cooperation in recent years, particularly in terms of increasing volumes of trade and investment flows, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

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