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Bangladesh Govt explained measures taken aftermath killings of two foreign nationals

Bangladesh Govt explained measures taken aftermath killings of two foreign nationals. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, jointly with the Ministry of Home Affairs organised a briefing for the resident Diplomatic Missions in Dhaka on the measures taken by the Government in the aftermath of the killings of two foreign nationals, namely Mr. Ceasare Tavella, an Italian citizen on 28 September and Mr. Hoshi Kunio, a Japanese national on 03 October 2015. The Foreign Minister Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP and the Home Affairs Minister Mr. Asaduzzaman Khan jointly conducted the briefing. The Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Charge d’Affairs from different Missions were present, among others.

The Ministers mourned the death of the two foreigners and expressed their condolences for the members of the bereaved families.

The Ministers briefed the local diplomatic community about the enhanced surveillance measures taken all over the country to ensure adequate security coverage for foreign nationals. They informed them that the law and order situation across the country remained stable, and that the local administrations have been put on high alert to respond to any untoward situation concerning foreign nationals. They assured them of all kinds of support to ensure the safety and security of foreign nationals living in Bangladesh.

The Foreign Minister said that it was regrettable that when Bangladesh is being globally lauded for its impressive socio-economic development, as have been seen in the United Nations last week, certain quarters were once again making efforts to create a sense of a destabilizing situation to discredit Bangladesh and its Government and people.

Referring to the Global Law and Order Report 2015, recently released by Gallup, Foreign Minister commented that Bangladesh fared much better compared to many neighboring countries in terms of people’s perception of ‘personal security’ and law and order situation. Considering that, in his view, it would be rather unjustified to project a couple of criminal incidents as general breakdown in the law and order situation in the country.

The Home Minister shared the status of investigations into the two murder cases and reaffirmed the Government’s resolve to find out the real motives and to bring the perpetrators to justice. He also informed the diplomatic community of various steps taken by the government to ensure safety and security of the foreign national living in the country. He particularly mentioned about beefed up security in and around the diplomatic zone.

The Ministers reiterated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach to all forms of terrorism and violent extremism. They informed that the Government took note of the reported claims of responsibility by a certain international terrorist organisation for these murders, and that the intelligence and law enforcement authorities were looking into such reported claims.

The diplomats present at the briefing thanked the Government for the heightened security measures taken around the country, and requested for expediting the investigations into the two murders to find out those responsible for those crimes. The Dean of Diplomatic Corps, the British High Commissioner conveyed congratulations to Hon’ble Prime Minister for receiving two prestigious awards and for her many other achievements during the UN General Assembly in New York last week. He also appreciated the ‘zero tolerance’ policy of the Government on countering terrorism and violent extremism.

The Japanese Ambassador expressed gratitude for all the support and cooperation extended by the Government after the incident. Several other envoys thanked the Government for the briefing. They also assured of necessary cooperation to the Government in combating terrorist acts, including such crimes targeting foreign nationals, and any possible linkage with foreign terrorist elements.

The Ministers thanked the diplomats for their understanding, and requested for continuing with the regular engagements, including in the business, tourism and sports sectors. They stressed that the Government would not allow any quarters to create instability in the country under any pretext, and thus undermine Bangladesh’s valued tradition of hospitality to foreigners.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, MP, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreign Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Director General of RAB, Commissioner of DMP, were present at the briefing and interacted with the envoys. Other senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Foreign Ministry were also present.

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