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US sanctions: JS body recommends appointment of lobbyist

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 5th January, 2022 09:53:14 PM
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In the wake of sanctions imposed by the US government on several former and present officials of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the Parliamentary Standing Committee has recommended to appoint a lobbyist on behalf of Bangladesh.

The parliamentary standing committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the recommendations at a meeting at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital on Wednesday.

According to meeting sources, negative information about Bangladesh is being delivered to the US lawmakers. A single lobbyist group or PR firm has been doing this. Under this situation, Bangladesh should appoint its own lobbyist to counter the negative propaganda.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee also suggested the foreign ministry to take necessary initiative in this connection.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, State Minister Shahriar Alam, Nurul Islam Nahid, Golam Faruq Khondker Prince and Abdul Mazid Khan attended the meeting presided over by Standing Committee chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan MP. 

After the meeting, Faruk Khan said many individuals or firms lobby with the US Senators or Congressmen. There are lobbyists and PR firms to do such works in the US. Because of it, much negative information is often delivered to them.

"We have to do work with this issue. The committee members opined that if a lobbyist is given appointment in the US on behalf of Bangladesh, we will be able to send accurate information to the US legislators."

Faruk Khan said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen will visit the US next February. "He will discuss about the US sanction at that time."