John Kerry heads to Bangladesh, India amid South Asian tensions

Carla Harmon
August 31, 2016

Kerry also said he had agreed at talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other national leaders on additional intelligence and law-enforcement cooperation to fight security threats.

US, Bangladesh to work closely to eliminate terrorism.

While Kerry pushed back on a reporter's assertion that Bangladesh had its "head in the sand" about the foreign connections behind recent attacks on its soil, he said that the U.S. had stressed the role of ISIS, also knows as ISIL and Daesh, in the these incidents.

"Just as important, we understand that to defeat terrorists, we must uphold, not betray, the democratic principles we cherish and they abhor", he said.

As he earlier offered counter-terrorism assistance, the official meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart was dominated by the security issue alongside other bilateral matters. Kerry's remarks are a major blow to the stance.

"Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much", Kerry said, after lamenting how easy it is to terrorize people.

Kerry attempted to preempt his statement by implying media coverage creates copy cats and promotes more terrorism.

In December 2015, Obama noted disdainfully that he wasn't watching enough cable news to appreciate how anxious Americans were about terrorism.

"One of Kerry's core intentions in Dhaka will simply be to emphasise the importance that the U.S. accords to security problems in Bangladesh, and Washington's strong desire to help the government there address them". They want to push people apart.

During the meeting with Hasina, Kerry expressed his government's keenness to support Bangladesh in fighting terrorism and militancy, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.

Kerry is set to arrive Monday in Bangladesh in the wake of a series of extremist attacks. "It kills Christian because they are Christian", Kerry added. Bangladesh's economy depends heavily on the fortunes of the $28 billion garment industry, which is struggling to improve a poor safety record epitomized by the Rana Plaza disaster of 2013 in which a factory collapse killed more than 1,100 people.

He then met the prime minister and it was when, the foreign ministry said, he said he was moved by the "simplicity of lifestyle" of the Bangabandhu.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali received Kerry at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on his arrival at 9:45am from Geneva by a special aircraft.

Before starting for New Delhi, he visited Edward Kennedy Centre at Dhanmondi and delivered lectures to youngsters.

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