'Dhaka, Washington firm to curb violent extremism'

‘Dhaka, Washington firm to curb violent extremism’


Dhaka – Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin has said Bangladesh is closely working with the United States, its neighbors and other friendly countries to root out violent extremism and terrorism, Unb news agency reported.
The Ambassador made the remarks during his meetings with Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Co-Chair of the Bangladesh Caucus in the US Congress and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) and Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific at their offices in the Capitol Hill on Wednesday and discussed issues of mutual interests.During the meeting with Congressman Crowley, referring to the condolence letter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed to President Obama, the Ambassador expressed his deep condolence on the recent carnage in a night club in Orlando, Florida, according to a
message received here on Thursday.
Ambassador Ziauddin also briefed him on the measures taken by the Bangladesh government on the recent killings of bloggers and atheists by the extremist groups.
He reiterated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘zero tolerance’ against all forms of terrorism and extremism.
The Ambassador also briefed him about the brutal killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in 1975 and reiterated Bangladesh government’s request to extradite the killers of Bangabandhu who are now hiding in the USA.
During the meeting with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, both exchanged views on terrorism and extremism.
The Ambassador added Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself is a victim of terrorist acts.
Due to her own tragic experience she has a firm mindset against extremism and terrorism.
He said the present government is persistently working on education and women empowerment to weed out the roots of extremism and terrorism from Bangladesh.
The envoy said the government has taken initiatives to introduce modern education for the madrasa students so they can discard the religious extremism and can adapt with the mainstream society.
Taking careful note of the briefings by the Ambassador, Congressman Crowley said he would look into the issues.
Congresswoman Gabbard also thanked the Ambassador for the briefing on Bangladesh.
Toufique Hasan, Counsellor (Political) of the Embassy accompanied the Ambassador during the meetings.


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