U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other high-ranking officials to reaffirm U.S. support for Bangladesh’s stand against violent extremism.
She also held meetings with the diplomatic community and business leaders, who “are concerned but committed to stand with Bangladesh”.
She visited Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery to pay respects to the victims of July 1 terror attack, where more than 20 people, were murdered.
“Violent extremism is a global threat,” the Assistant Secretary said. “As we have seen too frequently, international terrorist groups can recruit and operate anywhere.”
“I am here,” she said, “to offer U.S. assistance and support for Bangladesh’s own efforts against terrorism and extremism. This is an extension of our long and deep partnership based on shared values of democracy, tolerance, and inclusion, and the United States remains committed to this broad-based relationship with Bangladesh of which counter terrorism is but one part.”
“Sharing the concerns of Bangladeshis,” said Assistant Secretary Biswal, “we have taken steps to bolster the security of our staff. Our support for, cooperation with, and commitment to this country remains as robust as ever. We remain steadfast in our friendship with the Bangladeshi people.”