DHAKA, March 27, 2017 (BSS) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim today phoned his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and expressed his country's interest to work with Dhaka to combat the menace of terrorism.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said during nearly 15-minute conversation in the evening, the Turkish premier strongly condemned the militant attacks in Sylhet in Bangladesh and expressed sympathy at the casualties in the attack.
Reiterating her government's zero tolerance policy against terrorism, the Bangladesh premier said some derailed people are defaming Islam in the name of religion.
"They are destroying Islamic culture and heritage in the name of religion," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh condemned the last year's coup attempt in Turkey to overthrow the present government there. "We always uphold democracy and peace," she said.
She invited the Turkish premier to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time.
At the outset of the conversation, the Turkish prime minister exchanged greetings with his counterpart and congratulated her on the occasion of the 47th Independence and National day of Bangladesh.
He also mentioned the traditional and historic relations with Bangladesh which were reciprocated by Sheikh Hasina.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)