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Dhaka visit productive: Biswal
Describing Bangladesh tour as ‘productive’ US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal said the trip helped advance cooperation on countering terrorism and extremism.
“Home after a productive trip to Bangladesh where we advanced cooperation on countering terrorism and extremism,” she tweeted after returning home wrapping up her two-day Bangladesh visit.
In one of her three consecutive tweets, Biswal mentioned that they share a common goal of stopping “murderers and terrorists” who seek to sow fear and undermine democracy and fundamental freedoms.
“Clear that there are a diversity of views on religion, race, sexual orientation in Bangladesh,” her second tweet read.
Biswal wrapped up her two-day visit on Thursday that followed the conversation between the Prime Minister Hasina and the US Secretary of State John Kerry on April 28 to discuss the bilateral cooperation in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism.
Secretary Kerry proposed to send Assistant Secretary Biswal to Bangladesh to discuss this issue further.
During her stay in Dhaka, Biswal said they have “no reason to doubt” claims by the terrorists groups saying they either “sought to work or are trying to create connections with groups” here.
Biswal, while talking to media, said they want to see the “conclusion” of the government efforts and investigations into the case of Xulhaz Mannan killing.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh and the United States are likely to co-host a United Nations High Level Meeting on large scale movement of refugees and migrants during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) next September in New York.
Biswal, during her two-day visit to Dhaka, indicated that US President Barack Obama intends to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to co-host the sideline event, said the Foreign Ministry here.
The US Assistant Secretary also indicated they were looking forward to holding the fifth Partnership Dialogue between Bangladesh and the United States in Washington in June.