Bangladesh assures India it is acting against militants


New Delhi : In the backdrop of India raising concern over terrorism emanating from Bangladesh, its President Iajuddin Ahmed has assured New Delhi that Dhaka had launched a “successful” campaign against militancy and asserted that his country “never” supported terror acts.

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The President told visiting Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor about Bangladesh’s “successful campaign against militancy and said the people of his country never support terrorism,” Indian official media reported quoting presidential palace spokesman.

The comment came close on the heels of the Foreign Secretary level talks in New Delhi on 17th July when India raised the issue of Bangladeshi links to several terror attacks on its soil and called for joint action to combat the scourge, emphasising that that security of the two countries was inter-linked.

“Bangladesh and Indian armies could share their experiences in various fields and take part in join training which would help develop and strengthen existing friendly relations,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by the spokesman.

Ahmed said he expected the Indian army chief’s visit to help strengthen the relations between Dhaka and New Delhi.

The Indian army chief, the spokesman said, showed keen interest in taking up exchange programmes for officers.

The General, who arrived on Sunday on a three-day visit, also proposed cooperation between the two armies in training and sharing of experiences in different fields particularly in international peacekeeping.

Kapoor, who as a captain took part in 1971 conflict which led to the emergence of Bangladesh, paid tributes to the Liberation war martyrs by placing wreaths at the Shikha Anirban (eternal flame) at Dhaka Cantonment, where he was also given a guard of honour by a military contingent.