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Gulshan attack won’t have impact on Japanese aid: Shinzo Abe


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Japan has assured that there won’t be any impact of the Gulshan cafe attack on Japanese assistance or investment in Bangladesh, BSS reports. “There won’t be any adverse impact on Japanese development assistance or investment in Bangladesh and releasing of six billion dollars promised by Japan due to the Gulshan attack,” said Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe.

His assurance came during his meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit held in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this today while addressing a press conference about the outcomes of her recent visit to Mongolia to attend the 11th ASEM Summit.

She said during the meeting with Japanese premier, they described terrorism and violent extremism as a global problem and agreed on bilateral and regional cooperation to fight terrorism.  Sheikh Hasina said Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri also assured that there won’t be any impact on expatriate Bangladeshis living in Italy due to the Gulshan attack.

In the meetings, she said, the Japanese and Italian leaders highly praised Bangladesh’s timely and prompt steps to tackle the situation after the Gulshan attack. Earlier, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) reaffirmed its commitment to Bangladesh’s development efforts, giving top priority to the safety of its staff and other related personnel.

“We at JICA will continue giving top priority to the safety of JICA-related personnel and thoroughly assessing the situation on the ground in the places where we do our work,” JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka said in a statement on July 6. “We also remain firmly committed to contributing to the development of Bangladesh,” he added.

Twenty hostages were brutally killed during the siege at Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan on July 1 before the commandoes stormed the cafe the next morning.  Of the civilian victims, nine were Italian citizens, seven Japanese, one Indian, two Bangladeshis and one Bangladeshi-born US citizen.

Besides, Detective Branch senior assistant commissioner Robiul Karim and Banani Police Station officer-in-charge Md Salauddin Khan were killed and 26 police members injured when they tried to rescue the hostages.

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