US MP keen to boost ties with Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent

8 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

US MP keen to boost ties with Bangladesh

Ted Deutch

US Congressman Ted Deutch, an influential member of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, has expressed his interest in bolstering Bangladesh-US cooperation on wide-ranging issues, including climate change, counterterrorism and Rohingya crisis. 

Ted Deutch showed his interest in strengthening ties between the two countries when Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M Shahidul Islam met him at the latter’s Boca Raton office in Florida, said the Bangladesh Embassy on Wednesday. 

Congressman Deutch praised Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million persecuted Rohingyas. He emphasised that the House Foreign Affairs Committee was fully seized with the Rohingya issue and was willing to do more to resolve this humanitarian crisis.

Congressman Deutch (Democrat- Florida) also agreed to help revitalise the Congressional Bangladesh Caucus, an informal platform of Bangladesh’s friends in the US Congress that has remained dormant since its Chair, former Congressman Joseph Crowley, lost his reelection bid in 2018. 

Earlier, the ambassador attended a reception organised by the Bangladesh Association of Florida. Five city mayors of West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Pahokee City, Bele Glade, South Bay, and two commissioners of Broward County and West Palm Beach County were present.

The city mayors and county officials welcomed opening of a new Consulate General in Miami, Florida. The Broward County Commissioner presented the ‘Key to the Broward County’ to the ambassador.

The Bangladeshi American community of South Florida expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for opening Bangladesh’s third Consulate in Florida. Community leaders, professionals, and leading businessmen, including Mohammad Zahir, Md Fazlur Rahman, Junaid Akhter, and Abdul Wahed Mahfuz were present.