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US supports proposal of South Asian counter terrorism group

The United States today said it supports the proposal of a South Asian counter-terrorism group, mooted recently by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Hasina had made the proposal during a meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee when he visited Dhaka last month.

world Updated: Mar 07, 2009 01:35 IST

The United States on Friday said it supports the proposal of a South Asian counter-terrorism group, mooted recently by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"That's sounded like a good idea to us," Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central
Asian Affairs, told a group of South Asian journalists.

Boucher was referring to the recent proposal made by Sheikh Hasina to have a mount a collective offensive to fight
terrorism in South Asia.

Hasina had made the proposal during a meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee when he visited
Dhaka last month.

Immediately after Hasina proposed the idea, Mukherjee had virtually rejected the proposal, saying international and
regional mechanisms already existed while more such mechanisms could be evolved on regional or bilateral levels.

"We would help countries of the region to find ways to cooperate among them on terrorism and of course anyways we can support that, we would try to do so," Boucher said.