European Union Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon met with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday urging the government to ensure security in all areas across the country where the EU traders work.
The EU envoy’s call followed the deadly terror attacks in Bangladesh, killing 17 foreigners last month.
“The authorities need to ensure security in all areas where our citizens work in Bangladesh for smooth operation of trade with the EU countries,” Mayaudon told reporters after a 16-member team led by him called on commerce minister.
However, Tofail Ahmed said Bangladesh government has already taken several steps in its fight against extremism and has given security to all foreigners including the EU citizens in Bangladesh.
If necessary, police protection would be given to export-import vehicles carrying products, said commerce minister, adding that more than half of Bangladesh’s total garment export goes to the EU market.
“The Gulshan attack has raised security concerns among foreign traders here. But we are trying hard to address their concerns. We are assuring our foreign partners of their safety in this country and law enforcement agencies are ready to help them.”
“The Kallyanpur raid against militants is an indicative of the government’s hard-line approach against terrorism. We will not let terrorism grow up here in this country.”