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Ambassador: Australia to continue to help Bangladesh address terrorism

  • Published at 05:58 pm March 20th, 2019
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File photo of Australian Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism Paul Foley Courtesy

The Australian ambassador for Counter-Terrorism emphasised that terrorism and violent extremism are challenges shared by all countries

Visiting Australian Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism Paul Foley has said his country will continue to support Bangladesh and its people to address the threats of terrorism and violent extremism.

He emphasised that terrorism and violent extremism are challenges shared by all countries and Australia will continue to support Bangladesh and its people to address these threats as a longstanding development and security partner.

As an ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Foley leads Australia's international engagement on counter-terrorism and counter-violent extremism, according to a press release issued by Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett welcomed the visit by Paul Foley that began on Tuesday.

He will leave Dhaka on Thursday after visiting Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.

The visit underlines the importance Australia places on its security engagement with Bangladesh, including tackling together the global scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, reads the press release.

In echoing the high commissioner's earlier public statement, Foley extended his heartfelt condolences to the Bangladeshi victims of the shocking terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, and their families.

Foley highlighted the statements of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemning this atrocity in the strongest possible terms.

As the prime minister said, Australia shares the grief of Muslim communities the world over, and will not tolerate the right-wing extremist ideology that fueled the terrorist attack.

During his visit, Foley will accompany Julia Niblett, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Executive Director Dr Khalid Koser, and GCERF Governing Board Chair Carol Bellamy, to visit GCERF-supported activities and engage with participants, including women, and youths.