Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the Bangladesh government is implementing the zero tolerance policy to combat terrorism under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He said this in a bilateral meeting on Wednesday with Gambian Interior Minister Seyaka Sonko and UN Counter-Terrorism Under-Secretary General Vladimir Voronkov at the UN headquarters.
Bangladesh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Benazir Ahmed and officials from the Ministry’s Public Security Department, Police Headquarters and the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations.
In a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Interior of Gambia, the ministers of the two countries discussed the ongoing and future cooperation between the two countries in the fields of UN peacekeeping, repatriation of Rohingyas, counter-terrorism and disaster risk management.
Gambia’s Interior Minister praised Bangladesh’s success, exemplary role and contribution in UN peacekeeping operations. He sought Bangladesh’s cooperation in training and capacity building of Gambia’s peacekeepers, especially the police force. The Home Minister of Bangladesh assured that Bangladesh is ready to cooperate to increase the capacity of Gambia’s peacekeepers.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan informed the Gambian Home Minister about the training facility of Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training (BIPSOT).
Thanking The Gambia for filing a case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice on the Rohingya issue, the Home Minister said, ‘Bangladesh has temporarily sheltered the Rohingyas for humanitarian reasons, it is impossible to extend this shelter further. He said, the repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar is very important.
The Gambian Home Minister praised the government and people of Bangladesh for providing humanitarian shelter to a large number of Rohingya. The two ministers had fruitful discussions on mutual cooperation to expedite the repatriation of Rohingyas.
Gambian Interior Minister discusses cooperation between Bangladesh and Gambia in counter-terrorism. Reiterating the prime minister’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism, the home minister said Bangladesh is ready to provide any assistance to Gambia in this regard.
IGP Benazir Ahmed highlighted the contribution of Bangladesh Police in UN peacekeeping. The IGP also briefed the delegation about the capacity of the Bangladesh Police to extend training assistance to the Gambian Police Force.
On the other hand, in a meeting with the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Department, the Home Minister highlighted various counter-terrorism initiatives and policies taken by the Bangladesh government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also mentioned that in the future, he will work more closely with this office of the United Nations on various issues related to mutual interest.
The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Department praised the various policies, initiatives and successes taken by the Bangladesh government in countering terrorism and violent extremism.
He invited Bangladesh to participate in the upcoming high-level conference of heads of counter-terrorism agencies to be held in June 2023. In addition, he requested to highlight the best practices and successes of Bangladesh in this regard.
Besides, the Under Secretary-General recognized Bangladesh as an important partner of the United Nations in dealing with global terrorism. He also said that the United Nations is ready to extend the necessary cooperation in related fields, including capacity building and technical assistance to combat terrorism.
The Home Minister visited the Bangabandhu Bench and planted trees at the United Nations Garden on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At that time, he was accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhit and Inspector General of Bangladesh Police. Benazir Ahmed.