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Thursday, 12 May 2016

India backs Bangladesh PM Hasina on fighting terror

India has put its weight behind Bangladesh government in its fight against terrorism as well as on the issue of war crimes trial, days after Jamat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rehman Nizami was executed in Dhaka. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and held talks with top Bangladesh officials, including his counterpart Shahidul Haque in Dhaka, said Thursday: “I told the (Bangladesh) foreign secretary that I am here also to convey Indian government’s strong support for the Government of Bangladesh in the matter of terrorism and extremism.” Bangladesh has witnessed a spate of murders targeting minorities, secular bloggers and foreigners in recent months. During his meeting with Haque, Jaishankar appreciated Bangladesh’s response to recent attacks against vulnerable sections of society. He called terrorism and militancy an issue that “directly concerns us as neighbours” and the two countries would work “closely and bilaterally” in combating the menace. Meanwhile in Delhi, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup, while responding to questions on Jamaat leader’s execution, said: “The issue of ‘war crimes trial’ is internal to Bangladesh. India has also been supportive of a judicial process to address pending issues of retributive justice for war crimes.”

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