Bangladesh, US hopeful of closer ties

Diplomatic Correspondent

18th February, 2021 11:33:37 printer

Bangladesh and the United States observed that the prospect of having closer ties between the two countries has been enhanced after the assumption of the new US administration led by President Joe Biden. 

The observation came from a meeting between US Ambassador in Bangladesh Earl R Miller and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

The US envoy called on the foreign minister on Thursday, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

They discussed ways and means of further enhancing the existing excellent bilateral relations between the two friendly nations.  “After the assumption of the new US administration, the prospect of having closer ties between the two countries has enhanced,” the two sides observed.

Abdul Momen said that Bangladesh, given its commendable socio-economic progress in last one decade, expects closer support from and collaboration with the US in coming days.

Seeking more US investment in the Economic Zones and High Tech parks, he said the United States may consider investing in the ICT sector in Bangladesh, a prioritised area of development.

The preservation of mangrove forest in the Sundarbans and the management of water resources can be other areas where the US can provide technical cooperation, he added, noting that Bangladesh needs technology trasfer from the US. 

Recalling that two countries’ bilateral ties have historical footing, Momen expressed conviction that this would continue to further enhance.

He thanked for the continued support from the US on the Rohingya issue, saying that Bangladesh prioritises the repatriation of Rohingyas.

Recalling his recent telephone discussion with US Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Momen reiterated Bangladesh’s keenness to work with the US, both bilaterally and multilaterally, on the issue of climate change, including during the upcoming COP26 of the UNFCCC to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom in November 2021.

The Foreign Minister also reiterated that Rashed Chowdhury, the convicted killer of the Father of the Nation, should be deported from the US without further delay. 

The US Ambassador observed that Bangladesh is gaining growing importance within South Asia due to the socio-economic progress being achieved.

He reiterated his country’s appreciation for Bangladesh for the mammoth humanitarian undertaking related to the Rohingya crisis, and stated that the US remains as the most vocal in this regard.

Underscoring that the ongoing celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh and the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation is a good occasion to reinvigorate the relations between two countries, he discussed the possibility of the visit of high dignitaries of US Government this year to join the celebration.

He also expressed optimism that Bangladesh-US ties would further enhance in coming days under the new US Administration. He assured of the continued engagement of the United States in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.