Ticfa with US won’t hamper nat’l security: FM

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Sunday said in Parliament that signing of the proposed bilateral Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (Ticfa) with the USA will neither hamper the country’s national security nor there is any possibility for the country’s security to go to the US hands.“Since, the main objective of the Ticfa deal is to boost trade and investment cooperation between the two countries, there’s no possibility of hampering national security following its signing,” she said.
The Foreign Minister also said the proposed deal would not be a must-do agreement and it would be available on the websites of the Commerce and Foreign Ministries once it is signed.
She made the remarks while responding to a tabled question of treasury bench member Alhaj Advocate Rahmat Ali (Gazipur-3) in the House. The Cabinet has recently approved the draft deal.
“The deal can be signed at a mutually convenient time after discussion with the USA since the draft of Ticfa deal has been approved in the Cabinet,” Dipu Moni said.
Referring to a High Court Division verdict, she said there is no need to place the bilateral deal in parliament. (Source: UNB)

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