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UK won’t allow criminals to escape justice by crossing borders

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 15 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The United Kingdom has reaffirmed that those accused of criminal offences are not able to escape justice by crossing national borders.

The UK and Bangladesh also agreed to deepen cooperation further including Mutual Legal Assistance and extradition requests.

The British government reiterated the commitment to assisting Bangladeshi investigative, prosecuting, and judicial authorities in combating crimes, and highlighted the importance of compliance with human rights, including to ensure that those accused of criminal offences are not able to escape justice by crossing national borders.

The commitment came in communiqué following the fourth UK-Bangladesh Strategic Dialogue held on September 9 in London. Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Philip Barton of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of UK and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen led their respective sides at the dialogue.

Both countries welcomed joint military cooperation, including training, professional military education and instructional exchanges, and looked forward to inaugurating a Defence Dialogue later this year, reads the communiqué issued on late on Monday.

This would create opportunities for broader discussions on bilateral defence and military issues, including deployments, visits, joint exercises, training, workshops, defence supply, and procurement, and cooperation on capabilities.

The UK commended Bangladesh’s contribution of troops to UN Peacekeeping Operations. Both countries appreciated working alongside each other in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and through Bangladesh’s leadership as current Chair of the Women Peace & Security (WPS) Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) network, which encourages the recruitment of more female peacekeepers, particularly in senior positions.

Bangladesh underlined the need for adequate financing and capabilities for peacekeepers to effectively deliver on their mandate.

Both countries welcomed the sustained progress made in aviation security in Bangladesh including at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and recommitted to continue close cooperation in further strengthening aviation security especially in the areas of sharing of best practices, training and capacity building.

The two sides celebrated Bangladesh’s historic achievements in establishing a secular democracy after independence and beyond. The UK raised human rights issues, including about the Digital Security Act. Both countries agreed on the importance of free and fair elections, on vibrant civil society to promote accountable governance and institutions, and on freedom of expression and religion. Following the UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, the UK highlighted its long-term commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, recognising the region’s increasing importance to a range of global challenges including conflict prevention, support for the rules based international order, countering terrorism and climate change. The UK and Bangladesh agreed to cooperate on these global challenges.

The UK and Bangladesh affirmed their enduring commitment to the people of Afghanistan and agreed that a democratic and inclusive Afghanistan was the best guarantee of the country’s stability and development.