9 Italians killed in terrorist attack in July 1, 2016
The terrorist attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in the Gulshan area that killed 22 people including 9 Italians was a “sad moment” of his four-year tenure, said outgoing ambassador of Italy to Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Ambassador Mario Palma made the remark during farewell meetings with Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Both Minister Ali and his junior Minister Alam deeply appreciated Ambassador Palma’s compassionate and constructive approach in dealing with the situation in the aftermath of 1st July 2016 terrorist attack, at one restaurant in the city, when nine Italian citizens were killed.
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Citing this incident, as a “sad moment” of his tenure, the Italian envoy expressed sincere appreciation for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sympathetic but strong leadership role in taking the terrorists to task, including combating of terrorism in Bangladesh. He also expressed satisfaction at the beginning of the trial in the court to deliver justice for the victims.
The ministers and the ambassador also discussed ever growing trade and investment relations.
Thanking the ministers for their continued support during his stay in Bangladesh, Palma hoped that both countries would continue to accrue more benefits out of the strong understanding that exists between the two peoples. He also mentioned that Italy hosts the second largest Bangladeshi expatriate community in Europe after the United Kingdom. Ambassador Palma presented his credentials to the president on January 14, 2015 and is expected to leave Dhaka in early January 2019.