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UN to work with BD to counter terrorism: Robert Watkins

WT24 Desk

The UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) and UNDP Resident Representative in Dhaka Robert Watkins yesterday assured of working with Bangladesh to prevent violent extremism as he lauded security measures taken by the government following Gulshan incident, agencies report.

“The UN would closely work with Bangladesh, specifically in preventing violent extremism, in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism,” he said as he called on the Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali at the latter’s office.

During the meeting, they discussed issues relating 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, among others.

When terrorism issue was come up for discussion, the foreign minister said terrorism and violent extremism is 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, a foreign ministry press statement said.

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, the statement added.

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