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Prime Minister Hasina Seeks Assistance from UK for the Proposed Anti Terrorism Task Force 


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has sought cooperation of Britain for her proposal in regard to formation of the South-Asian Task Force for curbing terrorism in the region.

"There is no boundary for the terrorists. Terrorism should be contained with coordinated efforts for establishment of democracy and peace," Abul Kalam Azad, press secretary to the Prime Minister, quoted Sheikh Hasina as saying to the British High Commissioner in Bangladesh Stephan Evans when he called on her at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city yesterday. In this context, he added that the Prime Minister also mentioned about her proposal for formation of the South-Asian Task Force for curbing terrorism in the region.

Briefing newsmen on the one-hour talks, Abul Kalam Azad said Britain had also expressed eagerness for investment in Bangladesh and extend assistance to the country for alleviation of poverty. He said the Prime Minister also assured all possible help and cooperation from the part of her government with the creation of a business friendly climate for British investment in Bangladesh. Evans also conveyed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's felicitation to Sheikh Hasina for assumption of the office of the Prime Minister.

Hasina also requested the British government to resolve the problems faced by the expatriate Bangladeshis in Britain. She also sought assistance from British government for facing the adverse impact on the ecology of Bangladesh for climate change, the press secretary added.

The Prime Minister also urged the international community, including Britain, to take effective initiatives to stop killing of innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip in the Palestine immediately. Hasina also sought British assistance to train up young members of the Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) of Bangladesh as Britain is regarded as the mother of parliamentary democracy.

Talking to reporters, the British High Commissioner said he had a wide range of discussions with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh including working together for combating terrorism and finding ways and means for adaptation capacity to face the challenges of the climate change.

Evans said Britain wants to work collectively for sustainable democracy in Bangladesh, and for achieving its millennium development goals and emerging as a middle-income country by the year 2021. Asked about terrorism in the South-Asia region, he said the terrorism poses threat for every country on the planet and Britain will always stand by Bangladesh to combat terrorism.

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