Mujib Barsho Celebrations

High-level US dignitary may visit Dhaka

Diplomatic Correspondent

11 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A high-level dignitary from the US administration is likely to visit Bangladesh to join the birth centenary celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl Miller conveyed the message when he called on Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

Miller said a high-level dignitary from the US government may visit Bangladesh in near future to join the year-long celebrations of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary.

He also stated there is possibility of receiving video message from the US leadership on the occasion of the upcoming 10-day golden jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh’s independence this month, sources at the Foreign Ministry said.

During the meeting, they mainly discussed on Bangladesh Foreign Minister’s recent official visit to Washington DC on February 23-27.

Momen termed his visit to the US a successful one, and stated that he had a very fruitful discussion with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The US envoy also said he received good feedback from his capital on the meeting.

The foreign minister also informed the US envoy about his talks, during the visit, with US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and five US lawmakers; and about his participation in three events organised by US Chambers, Newlines Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) respectively.

Momen said he requested the US Secretary of State to appoint a Special Envoy on Rohingyas to monitor and put pressure on Myanmar to ensure safe and dignified repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.

He urged the US lawmakers he met to support this idea and demand the same. The Bangladesh foreign also called for suspension of GSP facility and imposition of economic sanctions on Myanmar by the US.

The foreign minister also reiterated, during the visit, Bangladesh’s strong expectation that the US administration will facilitate the deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, the convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He also called for legalisation of undocumented Bangladeshis in the US during his meetings with US lawmakers and sought US cooperation in introducing more renewable energy in Bangladesh, specially through promoting electric vehicles.

During the meeting with the US Chambers, Momen asked for a three-year moratorium on US tariff on Bangladesh’s exports, and also proposed that Bangladeshi readymade garments should be exempted from tariff in exchange of fulfilling the condition of using US cotton.

The Bangladesh foreign minister and US Special Envoy Jon Kerry agreed to continue close collaboration between two countries in the area of climate change.

Momen invited the US Secretary of State to visit Bangladesh this year to participate in the celebrations of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, visit the Rohingya camps and witness the socio-economic development Bangladesh has achieved.  Momen also invited the US lawmakers to visit Bangladesh in a group in near future.

He also informed the US ambassador about his attending a ceremony in Bangladeshi-owned university during his visit. 

The US envoy expressed willingness to work closely with Bangladesh government to follow up the discussion that Dr Momen had in Washington DC with his counterpart and other high dignitaries.

Both sides also expressed satisfaction about the upcoming launching of the US-Bangladesh Business Council this month.