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No proof of IS claim, security ensured for foreigners: FM

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No proof of IS claim, security ensured for foreigners: FM

Thereport24.com Desk:

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Tuesday said they have not yet got any credible information about the claimed IS link with the sad murders of two foreign nationals in Dhaka and Rangpur.

“We don’t have any proof (about IS claim)… we don’t have any credible information. The US is also working to verify the claim,” he told reporters after briefing diplomats, development partners and heads of international missions stationed in Dhaka at state guesthouse Padma.

He referred to US Ambassador Marci Bernicat who talked on the verification process both at the DCAB Talk on Monday and in Tuesday’s diplomatic briefing.

The Foreign Minister said the government has taken adequate security measures not only in diplomatic zone but also for all foreign nationals in Bangladesh, including those working in remote areas for socioeconomic development of Bangladesh.

“We’ve conveyed it to our foreign friends. They’re satisfied with the initiatives taken so far,” said the Foreign Minister.

Mahmood Ali said the government is confident that the perpetrators will be booked and be brought to justice. “Best efforts are in place to book them. We’ve told them that they (diplomats) shouldn’t have any suspicion and confusion about it.”

He said the government is doing everything to make sure that foreign nationals feel safe and secure in Bangladesh. Responding to a question on having information beforehand about attacks, the Foreign Minister, “Yes, it was there but it didn’t happen as per the information. Those who commit such crimes they do one thing but say another. This is how they operate.”

He said they conveyed sympathies to the victim’s families and the two countries -- Italy and Japan.

Earlier British High Commissioner in Dhaka and Dean of Diplomatic Corps Robert Gibson on Tuesday said the government gave them a ‘full picture’ of what it is doing after the two incidents.

He also said as Dean of Diplomatic Corps he requested the government to let them know about the current situation.

Gibson said they are assured by the government of a fair and professional investigation into the matters.

Responding to a question, the diplomat also said they government assured them of booking the perpetrators and bringing them to justice after a fair investigation. “We’re assured by the government that no stone will be left unturned.”

He said they expressed their gratitude for the additional security measures taken in the diplomatic zone.

Gibson termed the killing of two foreign nationals in Bangladesh a ‘sad matter’.

Quoting the British Prime Minister, he said terror is a shared threat and shared response. “We all look forward to working closely with each other to address risk reposes here in Bangladesh and across the globe.”

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, PM’s Adviser HT Imam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Home and Foreign Secretaries, IGP and DG Rab were present.

Diplomats from all the foreign missions stationed in Dhaka, heads of UN agencies here and the chiefs of international organisations were also present.

Ends/UNB/S/Oct 06, 2015