Will take Russia's help, if needed: PM

Will take Russia’s help, if needed: PM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said her government would take help from Russia, if necessary, in combating terrorism and militancy.Hasina said this when Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held bilateral talks with her on the sidelines of the Asem Summit here.
Medvedev proposed to stay beside Bangladesh during its critical time if there is any terrorist attack and will extend all sorts of support, including technical one, in combating terrorism and militancy.
Briefing reporters, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said various issues on bilateral interests came up for the discussions at the meeting.
Besides, both the Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction over the progress of constructing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and agreed to take steps whatever necessary to complete the construction of the power plant within the stipulated time.
Earlier in the morning, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Bangladesh office of the summit venue.
He expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the Bangladesh government in tackling the Gulshan tragedy and sending the dead bodies of Italian nationals instantly.
The Foreign Minister said the relations between Bangladesh and Italy are very old and so many Bangladeshis are living in Italy. “So, the ties won’t be hampered due to Gulshan incident,” Paolo added.
Rather, the Italian Foreign Minister said, steps would be strengthened in the fields of development, investment and trade with Bangladesh.
Silveri conveyed Sheikh Hasina the message of the Italian Prime Minister that Rome is equally shocked at the Gulshan terrorist attack.
In response, the Prime Minister told the Foreign Minister that the government and people of Bangladesh will jointly fight the twin menace –terrorism and militancy — in the country.
The Prime Minister also talked to Swiss President Johan Schneider Ammann and other leaders.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Hasina along with other head of states and governments joined Mongol Nadam Festival at ‘Chinggis Khaan Khuree’ tourist complex on the city’s outskirts in the afternoon.
Naadam Festival is Mongolian major holiday and a wonderful national festival to experience the culture and people of Mongolia. The festival has its roots in the nomad wedding assemblies and hunting extravaganzas of the Mongol Army.
Later, she joined a dinner hosted by Mongolian President Tskhiazin Elbegdorj in honour of the ASEM leaders.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said Asem leaders in a stock taking session discussed the progress achieved over the two decades in three pillars — political, economic and people-to-people contact.
“The ASEM leaders discussed the relevance of the forum and focused on four areas of cooperation in next decade, such as reinforcing the partnership between Asia and Africa continents, strengthening cooperation in anti-terrorism activities and radicalisation, human development and taking substantive initiatives to achieve sustainable development goals (SDG),” he added.
On Saturday, the Bangladesh Prime Minister will take part in the retreat session of the Asem Summit and also hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders.


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