Canada has agreed to move forward the deportation process of Nur Chowdhury, the self-confessed and convicted killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with relevant departments of its government.
"We would take up the matter with relevant departments of Canadian government and revert," said Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion during a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali in Ottawa on Tuesday, according to a message received here yesterday.
During the meeting, both the ministers discussed at length the possible deportation of Nur Chowdhury, who was evading death sentence living in Canada from 1996.
As a follow up to the meeting held between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau, both the foreign ministers discussed the question of bringing Nur Chowdhury to justice as Mahmood Ali proposed to devise an 'effective mechanism' to move forward with the deportation.
Among others issues, they also discussed the issue of terrorism and violent extremism with special focus on bilateral cooperation to counter-terrorism when Bangladesh foreign minister highlighted the measures taken by the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Canadian foreign minister deeply appreciated Bangladesh government's tireless efforts to uproot all forms of terrorism from its soil and assured Mahmood Ali of Canada's all possible supports under the rule of law and human rights to stand beside Bangladesh in this endeavour.
The two ministers also discussed the conclusion of Air Services Agreement (ASA), Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) on the Foreign Office Consultations (FOC), among others.
Except FIPA, all other agreements and MOUs are pending with the Canadian side for their expert level reviews.
When these issues came up for discussion, the Canadian side informed Bangladesh that they are working on the proposed agreement and MOUs and will soon reflect their views on those to Bangladesh government.
Both the ministers expressed satisfaction over the highly encouraging growth of bilateral trade between the two countries, which is presently US$ 2.4 billion.
The Bangladesh foreign minister said that the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Montreal last month has opened a new chapter in the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Later, Mahmood Ali handed over the formal invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to the Foreign Minister Stephane Dion.
The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh also invited Stephane Dion to visit Bangladesh to witness how Bangladesh is progressing towards middle-income country by 2021 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the message added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)