India assures support to Bangladesh’s battle against terrorism: Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today conveyed India’s support to Bangladesh in its fight against extremism and terrorism.

Jaishankar said that India and Bangladesh will “work together” to combat terrorism.After a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart , the Indian foreign secretary told reporters that the two countries would “further strengthen their existing counter-terrorism structure. I am also here to convey the government of India’s strong support to Bangladesh as it is battling terrorism and extremism. This is an issue of direct concern for us as a neighbour.”

During his two-day bilateral visit to the neighbouring country, Jaishankar called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and met Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque. The two countries discussed issues of mutual and regional interests and also reviewed the status of understandings reached during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country in June last year.

India came out with open support for Bangladesh’s ongoing war crimes trial, which has sentenced several Islamist leaders to death.

“India has also been supportive of a judicial process to address pending issues of retributive justice for war crimes committed during the movement for the independence of Bangladesh in 1971,” Vikas Swarup, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said in a statement.

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