Dhaka firm to weed out terrorism, US senator told

DHAKA, Feb 1, 2017 (BSS) - Dhaka reaffirmed Washington its solid stand against terrorism and militancy and the government's commitment to working with the United States (US) and other friendly countries toward ensuring democracy and development.

"Bangladesh is deeply engaged with the USA and other friendly countries to counter terrorism to ensure democracy and development," Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin said during a meeting with Republican Senator Ron Johnson in Washington, held on Tuesday.

Senator Johnson of Wisconsin is a member on the US Senate Committees on Budget, Foreign Relations and Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The ambassador briefed Senator Johnson on Bangladesh's growing economy as well as development activities under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, according to a message received here today.

Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's crusade with zero tolerance against violent extremism and terrorism, the envoy said Sheikh Hasina is determined to weed out all kinds of extremism and terrorism in Bangladesh and beyond.

On women empowerment, he said more than four million workers of Bangladesh's apparel industry are women who are immensely contributing to society by poverty alleviation and containing the menace of extremism.

Responding to a query from the Senator, the ambassador said the economic growth rate of Bangladesh last year was recorded 7.0 percent while 7.5 percent was estimated for the current fiscal year. Moreover, Bangladesh could maintain a steady growth rate above 6.0 percent for a number of years.

To further increase Bangladeshi exports, the ambassador sought duty free quota free (DFQF) market access to the US.

Senator Johnson said that he is in favor of free trade where all can be benefitted.

Carol E. Foster, Legislative Assistant of the Congressman and Toufique Hasan, Minister (Political) of the Embassy were present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)