|Published : 01 Dec 2016, 20:03:53 | Updated : 01 Dec 2016, 20:14:54|
Terrorists won’t be allowed to use BD soil: PM
Reiterating her government’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against terrorism and militancy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said no one will be allowed to use Bangladesh’s soil for terrorist acts against any country.
"We won’t tolerate any sort of terrorism and militancy and won't allow our land to be used for carrying out terrorist acts against any country," the Sheikh Hasina told visiting Indian Defence Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar who met the PM at her official residence Ganobhaban in the afternoon.
The prime minister recalled with gratitude the contributions of Indian armed forces to Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.
Sheikh Hasina said she would honour those valiant Indian armed forces personnel who embraced martyrdom in the Liberation War during her upcoming visit to India.
She thanked the Indian Coast Guards for rescuing Bangladeshi fishermen and handing over them to Bangladesh authorities recently.
The Indian Defence Minister offered training for Bangladesh Coast Guard personnel for increasing their capability further.
Parrikar highly appreciated Bangladesh's tremendous socioeconomic development, particularly in women empowerment, under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's able leadership.
"Bangladesh has made impressive development in various sectors, especially women empowerment, which India could not do," he noted.
Parrikar later handed over a replica of a helicopter that India used during Bangladesh's War of Liberation and photographs of paratroopers who took part in the war, according to a news agency. – bz