21 May 2024, 21:19

No compromise with 'zero tolerance' on terrorism: FS

DHAKA, May 21, 2024 (BSS) - Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen today said
Bangladesh does not compromise with the 'zero tolerance' approach to
terrorism in all its forms and manifestations with a view to building a
peaceful, just and inclusive society.

The Foreign Ministry was speaking at a seminar on 'Prevention of Violent
Extremism in Bangladesh: Graduation and Sustainability' at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.

Executive Director of Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
Dr Khalid Koser and Ambassador of Italy, among others, spoke at the inaugural

Momen said they must not feel complacent that violent extremism has been
eliminated altogether, but they can draw comfort from the fact that GCERF has
equipped some of their communities with the tools and modalities to resist
and withstand the spread of violent extremism.

"We must stay sensitized to the potential sources of risks and challenges,
including from the prolonged Rohingya humanitarian situation pending a
durable solution to be found in neighbouring Myanmar - where the crisis had
its origin," he said.

The Foreign Secretary assured the GCERF of continued engagement with its
work, including through its Governing Board.

He thanked GCERF for its diligent work in Bangladesh that he believes it can
further build on and showcase.

Masud Momen said they remain assured that GCERF would continue to assess the
sustainability of progress over a period, and would remain available to
redeploy in case Bangladesh required it do so.

Koser highly appreciated Bangladesh's progress made so far and assured of
continuing support.

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