US Asstt sec Biswal meets 3 envoys, PM’s advisers

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Dhaka, July 11: Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal on Monday held separate meetings with the high commissioners of Canada, UK and Australia and Prime Minister’s Security Adviser in the wake of the July 1 terror attack on a Gulshan café in city.

During the meeting with the envoys at the US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat’s Gulshan residence this morning, the US diplomat discussed the security situation following the attacks on the cafe and near the Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in Kishorganj, according to diplomatic sources.

Biswal, who arrived here yesterday on a two-day visit, had a meeting with Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla last evening and discussed the Bangladesh situation.

After the meetings with the three envoys today, she visited the Holey Artisan Bakery where militants killed 22 people including 17 foreigners and two police officers on July 1. There she paid respect to the victims of the terror attacks.

“We share the grief of our Bangladeshi partners. Our commitment to Bangladesh remains as robust as ever,” she said while placing a wreath at the Holey Artisan Bakery.

US ambassador Marcia Bernicat and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand were present on the occasion.

Later, Biswal called on Prime Minister’s Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddique and International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi at the Prime Minister’s Office here this afternoon.