US varifying reported IS claim in foreigner-killing in Bd

US varifying reported IS claim in foreigner-killing in Bd

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Dhaka – US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat said in Chittagong on Sunday the US is assisting Bangladesh in verifying the reported claims of IS over the killing two foreign nationals in Bangladesh.
She made the remarks while talking to reporters after attending the closing ceremony of the naval exercise – Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (CARAT) 2015 in Chittagong.
Bernicat also said the US government has taken the IS claims seriously.
Earlier while addressing the programme, Bernicat said the United States appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts to counter the illicit trafficking of persons and drugs, as well as Bangladesh’s other anti-piracy actions taken on high seas.“We value the steps Bangladesh has taken,” she said, adding that piracy and smuggling will continue to be a matter of concern.
Mentioning Bangladesh’s initiatives, the envoy said, this, in turn, helps fight other forms of transnational crime, including terrorism.
“The United States welcomes additional opportunities to collaborate with Bangladesh to deter smuggling and trafficking in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh’s EEZ, and throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific,” she said.
Bernicat said a Logistics Security Agreement would make both of navies faster and more responsive to people in need and in providing security in the Bay of Bengal.
“Such an agreement will also provide opportunities to further build upon our successful bilateral cooperation anywhere, anytime.  I hope that we can continue to discuss this idea and the many benefits such an agreement can provide,” she added.
CARAT Bangladesh 2015 exemplifies two countries commitment to maritime capacity building.
The US Ambassador said regional and international partners will continue to face natural disasters and require the rapid delivery of humanitarian assistance that navies like can provide.
“Bangladesh is looked to as a leader in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to its neighbors and partners in times of need, and the US Navy has been supportive in this regard,” she added.
Bernicat said they should also acknowledge the upcoming arrival of the Somudra Avijan, which will set sail from California to come to her new home here in Chittagong.
“We wish the crew of the Somudra Avijan fair seas and that the Almighty provides them safe passage back to their families.  I look forward to seeing the Somudra Joy and Somudra Avijan participate in future CARAT exercises, and to the enduring and growing navy-to-navy relationship between our two nations,” she added.
Commander Chittagong Naval Area Rear Admiral Akhtar Habib, Commodore, Commanding Bangladesh Naval Flotilla M Khaled Iqbal, among others, were present at the event held at School of Maritime Warfare and Tactics (SMWT), Chittagong Bangladesh Navy Base Issa Khan.- Agencies

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