Russia ready to assist Bangladesh on security measures

Newly appointed Ambassador Alexander Ignoatov made the offere during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday.

“The Russian ambassador expressed sorrow over the Gulshan attack and offered security help,” Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters.

The US and India have also offered Bangladesh help to strengthen security after the Gulshan attack.

During the meeting with the Russian ambassador, the prime minister emphasised expanding trade.

She said Russia could import leather goods, medicine and potato from Bangladesh.

Hasina said Bangladesh needed more investment for economic development.

Recalling Hasina’s visit to Russia in 2013, Ignoatov said President Vladimir Putin was happy to receive the Bangladesh prime minister and with the subsequent outcome of boosting economic ties.

He informed the prime minister about the progress of the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, saying the credit agreement is ready for signing.

Ignoatov also proposed that the Russian currency is used for the mutual trade in a bid to reduce dependence on the dollar, Karim said.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on International Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi and Principal Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were present during the meeting.

Later, Thailand’s Ambassador to Bangladesh Panpimon Suwannapongse made a courtesy call on the prime minister, Karim said.

He said the Thai envoy praised Bangladesh government for beefing up security measures around its embassy in Dhaka after the Gulshan terror attack.

Visiting Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Saudi Armed Forces Air Marshal Fayyadh Bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili also met Hasina.

Air Marshal Fayyadh handed her a letter of Saudi Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.

He informed the prime minister about the recent attack near Al-Masjid an-Nabawi and said Saudi Arabia was hurt at the Gulshan terror attack.

Hasina expressed her firm resolve to fight terrorism and militancy.

She said Bangladesh will extend any help to protect the two holy mosques in the kingdom.

Source: Bangladesh’s First Internet Newspaper