‘Legalise undocumented Bangladeshis’

Diplomatic Correspondent

26 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has urged the US lawmakers and administration to help legalise undocumented Bangladeshis living in the United States.

Momen made the call on Wednesday during a meeting with US Congresswoman Grace Meng (Democrat), who represents a large number of Bangladeshi Diaspora voters in New York, and always have been an active member of Bangladesh caucus in US Congress.

During the meeting, they discussed ways and means of further improving political and economic ties between Bangladesh and the United States.

Appreciating Biden Administration’s liberal approach to immigration, he called upon Congresswoman Meng to make efforts to legalise the undocumented Bangladeshi Diaspora in the US through taking up the matter with the new US Government.

Momen briefed the US lawmaker about Bangladesh’s success in tackling the Covid-19 challenge as well as on the conducive environment existing for foreign investment in the country.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister, referring to the celebration of birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, invited Congresswoman Meng to visit Bangladesh with a group of US lawmakers to see the remarkable socio-economic progress achieved under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and also the situation of the displaced Rohingyas.

Foreign Minister Momen is currently visiting Washington DC on an official trip to reach out the new Administration to further enhance the bilateral relations and to convey Bangladesh’s willingness to work closely with the new US Administration.

Earlier on Tuesday, Momen had tele-conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken when they discussed ways to further deepen Dhaka-Washington relations by advancing common goals and mutual benefits.