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Friday, 20 February 2015 13:45

White House summit: Bangladesh denounces terrorism, extremism

Senior Correspondent, newsflash24bd.com

Bangladesh has once again denounced all forms of terrorism and violent extremism and their manifestations.

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali reiterated this position at a White House-sponsored summit in Washington on Tuesday to counter violent extremism.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US President Barack Obama addressed at the summit.

The ruling Awami League pursues “zero-tolerance” policy towards any form of violent extremism, terrorism and militancy.

The foreign ministry said the minister expressed confidence that the people of Bangladesh were determined “to restore and strengthen the secular and inclusive social fabric” of Bangladesh.

He said the centuries-old Bengali ethos and culture allowed for “extraordinary social tolerance, peace, social harmony and religious freedom”.

He mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, time and again, vowed that Bangladesh would never tolerate and patronize terrorist activities and resist every attempt to use its soil by terrorist groups against other friendly countries.

He said that women’s social mobility in Bangladesh had been “critical” for the religious extremist agenda to be weakened in one of its fundamental pursuits.

He applauded the role of the Bangladesh media and said it had been the “strongest ally” in projecting a robust counter-narrative in the backdrop of terrorist threats from home and abroad.

Earlier, the minister joined the summit at the invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

He also had a bilateral meeting with the Secretary of State on the summit sidelines.

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