Dhaka visit important, says Biswal  
July 12th, 2016 at 12:43 pm
Dhaka visit important, says Biswal  

Dhaka – Nisah Desai Biswal, the senior US official, has said her visit to Bangladesh in the wake of two deadly terrorist attacks was important.

“Concluding an important visit to Bangladesh. I conveyed support & solidarity of United States to stand w Bangladesh in combatting (combating) terrorism,” Twitted Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State, wrapping her two day official visit to Dhaka.

The US official, who arrived in Dhaka on Sunday, offered Bangladesh with every possible support to fight terrorism.

During her stay in Dhaka, Biswal called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and held meeting with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka and business leaders to weigh the situation.

She also had a breakfast meeting with senior journalists prior to her departure for Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.

Biswal tweeted that she discussed “specifics” on how the US proposes to support Bangladeshi law enforcing agencies in response to terrorism.

Bangladesh experienced two terrorist attacks on the first week of July that left more than 30 people killed.

The first attack was carried out on July 1 by suspected Islamists militants at a restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic district where nine Japanese, seven Italians, one Indian, one US citizen and two Bangladeshi nationals were killed.

Two security officers and six suspected attackers were also killed.

The second attack was carried out on July 7 outside a congregation of Eid prayers in northern Kishoreganj district. Two police officers, a woman and suspected militant were killed during the attack.

Islamic State militants reportedly claimed the responsibility of the attacks on July 1 while none claimed the credit of the second attack.

The US offer for assistance came a day after the restaurant attack as Secretary of State John Kerry phone Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Biswal’s visit was a follow up to the Kerry’s phone call as she mentioned.

Bangladesh said its officials were still assessing assistances that US has offered to counter terrorism.