Sonia, Hasina vow to root out terrorism

Dhaka: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday lauded Bangladesh's efforts to root out terrorism in the region and vowed to work with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to thwart the scourge.

"Sonia Gandhi praised Bangladesh initiatives to combat terrorism and uproot militancy but said the countries in South Asia need to join their hands to thwart its threats" as she held a meeting with Hasina, Bangladesh premier's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.

"It's (militancy) not problem of India or Bangladesh alone," Azad quoted the visiting UPA chairperson as saying.

During a one-to-one meeting, both the leaders agreed that "due to its gravity and manifestation" it was not possible by a single country to work against terrorism and militancy.

Azad said Hasina called terrorism a major threat to the sustainable development of the regional nations as the two leaders met on the sidelines of an international conference on autism here.

Both the leaders, he said, echoed similar sentiment of working together to prevent terrorism and militancy saying that Bangladesh and India were against all sorts of terrorism and militancy that hindered development process of the countries.