Update May 1, 2015

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Wendy Sherman sought tips from the PM at today’s meeting, to address global terrorism

FR Fateh

Wendy Sherman met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ganobhaban.

Wendy Sherman met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ganabhaban

01 May 2015, Nirapad News: US has sought tips from Bangladesh so as to deal with global terrorism and extremism and added that many countries in the world can replicate the experiences of Bangladesh in addressing the issue.

US Under Secretary of States for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said this during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Ganabhaban residence in the evening. PM’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy and US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal was present.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri said the USA has highly appreciated Bangladesh’s success in containing terrorism and militants as well as economic and social development under Sheikh Hasina’s dynamic and able leadership.

“We treat the terrorists as terrorists as they don’t have any border and religion,” the prime minister said adding Bangladesh is committed not to allowing its land for terrorism against any country.

Sheikh Hasina laid emphasis on stopping illegal arms trafficking across the world to control global terrorism.

Sherman hailed the transformation and development of Bangladesh’s Readymade Garment sector after Rana Plaza collapse in 2013. Sheikh Hasina urged the US Under Secretary to raise the price of the RMG items to further increase the wages of the workers.

Pointing out the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal, Sherman underlined the importance of regional preparedness for disaster management, particularly tackling earthquake.

The prime minister informed the US officials that the international community could use the Bangladesh airports, particularly Syedpur Airport, Lalmonirhat Air Strip for handling of the relief materials bound to Nepal through roadways as limited operations of the Kathmandu airport.

Sherman highly appreciated Bangladesh’s success in achieving many MDG targets, including the MDG4, as well as very positive progress in most of the social and economic sectors.

About the alleged irregularities in the recently-held three city corporation polls in Dhaka and Chittagong, Sherman said some irregularities in polls also happen in the USA. But, the government always tries to perform better next time.

She hoped that Bangladesh would continue its efforts to improve the electoral system.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said military rulers after 1975 had manipulated the country’s electoral system and now Bangladesh has come out largely from that situation.

“Although there were least irregularities, the election was held without any causality which is very positive,” she said. In this regard, the prime minister reiterated her call for introducing Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) for easy and quick vote casting and counting of votes transparently.

Appreciating the PM’s perception, Sherman hoped that the EVM system will be introduced in Bangladesh one day.

Hasina said BNP had boycotted the city corporation polls to make the election controversial. Sherman termed the BNP’s decision of boycotting the election very unfortunate.

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