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Modi tells BNP chief Khaleda India opposes fundamentalism and terrorism

25Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia India is against any form of fundamentalism and terrorism.

Modi met Khaleda at his suite in Pan Pacific Sonargoan Dhaka Hotel on Sunday as part of his strategy to reach out to all political parties in Bangladesh.

Asked about the meeting, Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar at a press briefing said Modi made India’s position “very clear that we were supportive of democracy and we were opposed to fundamentalism and terrorism”.

He said the BNP chief also expressed “her opposition to terrorism in all forms as well as to extremism”.

The transcript of the press briefing is now available on India’s external affairs ministry website.

The BNP earlier it raised the issue of lack of democracy in Bangladesh during the meeting as last year’s parliamentary elections was held amid the party’s boycott.

But the party is widely accused of harbouring anti-India insurgents in Bangladesh during the 2001-2006 tenure in power.

Jaishankar said a number of issues were discussed and the “BNP leader actually complimented the Prime Minister for his leadership in ratifying the LBA”.

“She expressed support for the free movement of goods in the region and beyond.”