Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau called upon the global community to act together to stamp out terrorism as they talked over phone on Monday morning.
‘The Canadian prime minister phoned prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday morning and strongly denounced the terrorist attacks on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand,’ prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
During the nearly 20-minute conversation, he said that Justin Trudeau expressed concern over the safety of the Bangladesh national cricket team which narrowly escaped Friday’s brutal attack that left 50 people, including four Bangladeshis, dead and injured scores.
The Canadian prime minister expressed relief that members of the Bangladesh cricket team remained safe, the press secretary said.
Justin offered deep condolences at the loss of lives of 50 people, including Bangladeshis, in the New Zealand twin mosques attack.
The press secretary said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina told Justin that there was a need for raising a global movement against terrorism.
In response, the Canadian prime minister supported the view of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and said the world community should act together to uproot terrorism.
Reiterating her government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy against terrorism, Hasina said that Bangladesh denounced terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
‘Bangladesh is a land of peace and communal harmony and we’ve asked the law enforcement agencies to keep strong vigil and protect all places of worship, including mosques, temples, churches and pagodas,’ she said.
She said that Islam did not allow terrorism in any form and the terrorists had no religion and boundary.
Hasina told Trudeau that the Bangladesh government had taken concerted efforts for ensuring safety and security of the people and for rooting out terrorism from the society.
The Bangladesh prime minister renewed her call to extradite founder president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s self-confessed killer Noor Chowdhury who was now staying in Canada.
‘Noor Chowdhury is presently fleeing justice and now staying in Canada. It would be a great service to the rule of law if Canada hands over the killer to Bangladesh so he faces justice,’ she said.
In response, the Canadian prime minister said that it was a legal matter and ‘they will look into it’.
Hasina expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh and Canada would remain further engaged in mutually cooperative, supportive and respectful partnerships in the journey towards further development and progress.
The prime minister invited Justin to visit Bangladesh and wished him success in the upcoming Canadian polls.
Justin extended his heartfelt congratulations to Hasina on her party’s landslide victory in the last general elections and her assumption of office as the prime minister for the fourth time.

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