Govt to ask Canada for sending back Bangabandhu killer
11 February 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh government is going to ask Canada again to send back convicted Bangabandhu killer Noor Chowdhury from there to face justice in Bangladesh.
“I will have meetings with three deputy foreign ministers of Canada in Ottawa on February 16 and will raise the issue,” Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told the press yesterday before leaving for the United States and Canada. In the US, he will attend two events on counter terrorism and migration while in Canada he will have bilateral discussions with officials there.
Bangladesh requested Canada more than once to send back Noor Chowdhury, but the Canadian government turned down the request citing legal complication.
About his trip to Canada, the foreign secretary said that Dhaka and Ottawa never had the opportunity in the past to discuss the bilateral issues through a formal mechanism like foreign office consultations.
“We want to engage more with Canada and during my visit all the issues of mutual interest will be discussed,” he said. The foreign secretary will attend a conference on migration at the United Nations in New York on February 12-13. From Ottawa, he will go back to Washington DC to attend the ‘Counter Violent Extremism Summit’ to be held in the White House and State Department on Feb 18 and 19.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will also take part in the summit as he was invited by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the foreign secretary said.