B'desh, Britain to work together to tackle political extremism

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Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNI) Bangladesh and Britain pledged to work together to tackle political extremism and terrorism wherever it exists.

The accord came during a meeting between British Foreign Secretary David Milliband and Bangladesh caretaker government's foreign advisor Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury here today.

Mr Milliband who arrived here today on a two-day visit said political extremism does not respect national boundaries. ''It is a threat to nations all over the world.'' ''We want to work together to tackle extremism and terrorism wherever it has,'' he said.

The two Foreign Ministers also discussed domestic political situation, climate change and trade deals, global politics and the needs and reasons for global stability..

Mr Milliband stressed on lifting of the state of emergency in Bangladesh, saying, ''a fully functioning democracy does not operate under state of emergency.'' He hoped the incumbent caretaker government would fulfill its commitment to hold free and fair election at the latest by December this year.

''We are impressed by the steps taken by the caretaker government. We got sign of a movement towards democratic election even before December deadline. We certainly look forward to the commitment of the government being fulfilled,'' he said.

Britain wants to support strong, independent and effective democratic institutions in Bangladesh, he said, adding, ''We are proud of links that exist between Britain and Bangladesh.'' ''Bangladesh's regional role alongside other forces was important.'' On global trade, Mr Milliband said the UK would see how countries like Bangladesh expand their economy through global trade deal.

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