Counter-terrorism to dominate security talks with US Oct 2

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-19
Published : 19 Sep 2016, 23:24:38

Counter-terrorism to dominate security talks with US Oct 2

FE Report


Counter-terrorism, climate change and disaster management among other issues will be high on agenda of the daylong Bangladesh-United States security dialogue to be held in Dhaka on October 2.

Official sources said peacekeeping and military exchanges are also likely to get focus in the annual dialogue being held between the two countries since 2012.

Though agenda of the fifth round of security dialogue is yet to be finalised, they said, current terrorism activities and actions taken against these will also dominate the dialogue.

Following recent terror attacks in Dhaka and Sholakia before and after the Eid-ul-Fitr, the US expressed its concern and showed its interest to support steps against terrorism and extremism.

The annual US-Bangladesh dialogue has so far focused on issues like peacekeeping, climate change, military exchange, disaster management and counter-terrorism.

The first security dialogue was held in Dhaka in 2012 to set up a formal platform to discuss security related issues between the countries.

Other three dialogues were held alternately in Washington and Dhaka highlighting growing defence cooperation and shared commitment towards peace and prosperity in the region.

The fourth Bangladesh-US security dialogue held in Washington on September 11 discussed broad range of topics including strategic priorities and regional issues, security assistance, cyber security,  peacekeeping, military cooperation and counter- terrorism.

The security dialogue is represented by the foreign secretary from the Bangladesh side and the principal deputy assistant secretary of the US state department.

After a recent meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat told journalists that the United States is discussing terms with the Bangladesh government to offer a security package for countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Official sources also said Bangladesh and the United States will discuss ways to further strengthen security cooperation between the two countries with specific focus on 'mechanisms to counter terrorism' in a better way and other new issues in the coming security dialogue.

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