US Asstt Scy Biswal, Indian HC Shringla discuss BD situation

US Asstt Scy Biswal, Indian HC Shringla discuss BD situation

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Dhaka – Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal had a long meeting with Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Sunday evening and discussed Bangladesh situation, UNB news agency reported.The meeting was arranged by the US Embassy as Biswal ‘showed interest’ to have a meeting with Shringla on the current situation in Bangladesh after back-to-back attacks on a Dhaka café and Sholakia of Kishoreganj district on July 1 and 7 respectively.
The meeting was held at the residence of US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat and lasted over an hour, UNB wrote quoting a diplomatic source.
Bernicat and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand were also present at the meeting.
During the meeting, they mainly discussed security situation in a ‘broader sense’ and ways of cooperation though two countries have different views over situation on grounds, said the source.
Biswal arrived here on Sunday morning on a two-day visit to discuss security issues with Bangladesh after the deadliest terrorist attack on a Dhaka café.
She visited Dhaka on May 5 and 6 last after the brutal murder of USAID staff Xulhaz Mannan in Dhaka on April 25.
22 people, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian national and two policemen were killed in the café on July 1.
On the following morning, six people along with five attackers were also killed during a commando operation. Thirteen of the hostages were rescued alive. Blood-soaked young man Shawon who was detained from outside the Holey Artisan Bakery during the hostage standoff died at a city hospital later.

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