Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan MP said that Bangladesh has set a unique example in combating terrorism. The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has always implemented the zero tolerance policy against terrorism. He said these things in a bilateral meeting with the Under Secretary General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Department, Vladimir Voronkov, at the United Nations headquarters on Wednesday.
In another meeting held on the sidelines of the Third United Nations Police Summit, the Minister of Interior also held a meeting with the Minister of Interior of The Gambia, Seyaka Sonko. Bangladesh Police Inspector General Dr. Benazir Ahmed, Public Security Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Police Headquarters and Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations were present.
During the meeting with the Under-Secretary-General (USG) 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 said that in the future, he will work more closely with this office of the United Nations on various matters related to mutual interest. On the occasion, the Under Secretary-General praised the various policies, initiatives and successes undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh 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. Acknowledging Bangladesh as an important partner of the United Nations in combating global terrorism, the Under Secretary-General said that the United Nations is ready to extend necessary cooperation in related fields including financing of terrorism, nuclear terrorism, capacity building and technical assistance.
In a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Home Affairs of Gambia, the two ministers discussed the ongoing and future cooperation between the two countries in the fields of UN peacekeeping, repatriation of Rohingyas, counter-terrorism, disaster risk management, etc.
The interior minister of Gambia praised Bangladesh’s success and 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 provide all kinds of cooperation to increase the capacity of peacekeepers of Gambia.
Inspector General of Bangladesh Police Dr. Benazir Ahmed highlighted the contribution of Bangladesh Police in UN peacekeeping. He informed the Gambian delegation about the capacity of the Bangladesh Police to extend training assistance to the Gambian Police Force.
The Home Minister of Bangladesh thanked Gambia for filing a case against Myanmar in the international court on the Rohingya issue. He said that Bangladesh has temporarily sheltered the Rohingyas for humanitarian reasons, it is impossible to extend this shelter further. Gambia’s Home Minister praised the government and people of Bangladesh for providing humanitarian shelter to a large number of Rohingya people. The two ministers had fruitful discussions on mutual cooperation to accelerate the repatriation of Rohingyas.
The Home Minister visited the Bangabandhu Bench and planted trees in the United Nations Garden on the occasion of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At this time, he was accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhit and the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police. Benazir Ahmed.
Later, the visiting delegation led by the Home Minister visited the Bangladesh Consulate in New York. Meanwhile, the minister visited various consular service activities of the consulate.