“So, I don’t think we’ve a difference in the way we view your government’s view of what’s happening here. I think our views are very similar,” said US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat on Monday.
The US diplomat made the remark after her meeting with Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon when asked how Bangladesh and the USA will work together with the difference on IS issue as Bangladesh government termed the attackers homegrown.
Bernicat said they all are trying to figure out who is influencing especially youths to commit these acts and how to stop them doing that.
“Something, someone is influencing people here and elsewhere to commit the acts of terror they’re committing,” she added.
The US Ambassador observed that people who are committing the terrorism in Bangladesh and other countries are not coming like they used to from outside of these countries.
“Every act of terrorism that has taken place in the United States as here by people who were born and raised in the United States or emigrated to the United States and lived there for a long time. The same is true here,” she said stressing that something is influencing the attackers.
“I lived here now for over a year and a half and I understand this is not Bangladeshi culture, this is not Bangladeshi politics, this is not Bangladeshi religion especially not the way Islam is practiced here,” Bernicat said.
Asked about her recent comment, she said she was reacting to the stories she read in the press and comments came from time to time by officials that doubt US sincerity in offering help. “The point I was trying to make was that this is a global problem, terrorism, and any country that stands apart are tries to work on the problem alone is going to have a very hard time in succeeding because the terrorists themselves enjoy a global network.”
Bernicat said they are learning and adapting all the time as they have seen. “It’s been a particularly a violent summer around the world. So, we are stronger if we work together.”
“The point I was trying to make is that for those who criticise our efforts and think that we are trying to do something nefarious like occupy Bangladesh or destabilise Bangladesh I just wanted to ensure everyone that we have actually the exact opposite goal in mind – a strong, stable, prosperous Bangladesh,” she said.
Every country that is strong and stable and prosperous works better together, she observed.
In another function recently, Bernicat said they have no such desire to occupy or control Bangladesh in any way.
Appreciating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bernicat said, “You’ve a Prime Minister who absolutely has zero tolerance…her stand is so strong against terrorism. So, we simply want to bring the knowhow and knowledge that we have.”
She also said Bangladesh especially after the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery has become part of the international crime scene. “So we just want to help Bangladesh.”
Mayor Sayeed Khokon said they do not think the US development projects will be affected due to the present situation.
There is no place of fundamentalism in the minds of Bangladesh people, he added.