Assam NRC is India’s internal matter: Jaishankar

  1. India’s External Affairs Minister is on a two day visit to Bangladesh. 
  2. During his visit,India’s foreign minister has said that National Register of Citizens (NRC) process which is now underway in Assam is an internal matter to India.
  3. On Rohingya issue,the minister said that the safe and speedy return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State in Myanmar is in the national interest of the three countries — Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.
  4. Bangladesh has been facing an influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.It has asked India’s support in handling the crisis by mounting pressure on Myanmar to take back the refugees who have taken shelter in the country.
  5. On Teesta water issue,the minister said that India’s position and commitment to the pending Teesta water agreement remained as it was earlier.
  6. Teesta is a river which originates in the Himalayas and flows through Sikkim and West Bengal to merge with the Brahmaputra in Assam and (Jamuna in Bangladesh).The water sharing agreement has not been signed due to opposition from West Bengal as water is a State subject.