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Bangladesh seeks US investment

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 24 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh seeks US investment
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam shakes hands with Deputy Secretary of State of the USA Wendy Sherman during a meeting in New York on Wednesday.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has invited US investment in Bangladesh and requested the USA authorities for providing duty-free market access to Bangladesh products.

The state minister participated in a meeting with Wendy Sherman, Deputy Secretary of State of the USA along with other ministers and senior officials from Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka in New York on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Shahriar Alam highlighted the social and economic developments of Bangladesh even during the Covid-19 situation under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He also talked about the climate challenges faced by Bangladesh and other climate vulnerable countries, and the pioneering role played by Bangladesh in addressing these challenges.

Alam called upon the international community, including the USA, to take urgent steps for ensuring safe, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingyas to their homeland.

On bilateral issue, Shahriar Alam raised the issue of deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, the self-confessed killer of Bangabandhu now living in the USA.

Recalling the earlier visit of Wendy Sherman to Bangladesh as the Assistant Secretary of State, State Minister Alam invited her to visit Bangladesh again in her new capacity.

Sherman thanked Alam for his substantive remarks, and recalling the long-standing relationship between Bangladesh and the USA, assured him of working further closely with Bangladesh in the coming days.

Shahriar Alam also congratulated Ambassador Donald Lu, the newly appointed US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.

Earlier in the day, the state minister participated in the Ministerial meeting of the Community of Democracies. In the meeting, Alam informed the Ministers of the actions taken by Bangladesh to establish, uphold, and strengthen democracy.

State Minister Shahriar Alam is now in New York for participating at the 76th United Nations General Assembly as a member of the Bangladesh delegation led by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.