INTERNATIONAL

U.S., Bangladesh vow to fight terror

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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