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Dhaka, Washington seek partnership on counter-terrorism initiatives

  • Published at 05:56 pm August 21st, 2019
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File photo of Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque Dhaka Tribune

Deputy Coordinator for the US Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism has visited Bangladesh

Bangladesh and the United States have discussed ways to address the areas of mutual concerns, including counter-measures against terrorism, radicalization and recruitment in the region.  

The two countries also underscored the importance of respecting human rights and the rule of law with an effective counter-terrorism strategy. 

US Department of State's Deputy Coordinator for Counter-terrorism John T Godfrey visited Bangladesh from August 18-19 and discussed the issues with senior government officials in Dhaka.

Topics such as counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism (CT/CVE) in Bangladesh and the region, and cooperation with the United States in these areas, came up in the discussions.  

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and Godfrey held talks with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque to discuss possible partnership with Bangladesh on CT/CVE initiatives in Bangladesh and the region, said the embassy on Wednesday.  

The US State Department officials also met Bangladesh's Anti-Terrorism Unit and its Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit to review implementation of bilateral CT/CVE programs, related to law enforcement and the judiciary. 

Ambassador Miller and Deputy Coordinator Godfrey also participated in a roundtable discussion with CT/CVE experts from academia, media, NGOs, and other sectors, sharing intelligence, policy priorities, and recommendations for addressing terrorism concerns in Bangladesh and the region.