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U.S., Bangladesh vow to fight terror

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's office in Dhaka on Monday. The Islamic State group is "connected to some degree with some of the operatives here and we made that very clear in our conversation," Mr. Kerry said later.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's office in Dhaka on Monday. The Islamic State group is "connected to some degree with some of the operatives here and we made that very clear in our conversation," Mr. Kerry said later.  

Remarks are a major blow to the stance of the Hasina regime that maintains terror acts on its soil are committed by homegrown militants.

The U.S. has offered to work together with Bangladesh to combat terrorism.

The U.S.’s offer to join forces and share intelligence with Bangladesh was communicated by Secretary of State John Kerry to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during a meeting here on Monday. Mr. Kerry said the meeting was held in a very cordial and warm atmosphere where the entire gamut of bilateral relations was reviewed.

The Prime Minister sought duty-and-quota-free access of all Bangladeshi products to the U.S. market. Mr. Kerry said the two countries can also work on climate change, health and energy.

Recalling the assassination of the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members in 1975, Ms. Hasina requested Mr. Kerry to extradite Mujib’s convicted killers living in the U.S.

Mr. Kerry said: “The issue [of extradition] is under review by the U.S. government.”

Later speaking at a select gathering in Dhaka, Mr. Kerry underscored the need for “more frequent” communication with Bangladesh for fighting terrorism and militancy. Bangladesh will see more U.S. engagements in countering terrorism, he said.

“We are now living in a very difficult and complicated time. So we are working with local partners to make Bangladesh resilient against all odds,” he said.

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