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UN happy over BD security measures

WT24 Desk

The United Nations has expressed deep appreciation over the level of security measures extended by the government of Bangladesh following the Gulshan café attack, according to reports.

UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) and UNDP Resident Representative in Dhaka Robert Watkins met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday at the latter’s office and conveyed their satisfaction over the security measures taken in Bangladesh.

The Foreign Minister reiterated that terrorism and violent extremism are a global challenge and Bangladesh is not excluded from this scourge. He reaffirmed that all the culprits who are involved will be brought to justice, according to the Foreign Ministry here.

They discussed, among other things, the issues related to the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly to be held in New York, efforts in countering terrorism and violent extremism, undocumented Myanmar nationals (UMNs) in Bangladesh.

Watkins assured that the UN would closely work with Bangladesh, especifically in preventing violent extremism, in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. The UNRC expressed appreciation for undertaking the census of the UMNs residing in Bangladesh which has recently been concluded.

Both of them hoped that with the new Government in Myanmar, the stalled process of repatriation of Myanmar refugees will be revived and the issue of UMNs will be resolved.

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