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US diplomat due in Dhaka this month

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 12 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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US diplomat due in Dhaka this month

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu will travel to Bangladesh in mid-January to hold meeting with high government leaders and discussed wide range of issues.

Diplomatic sources said while in Bangladesh on January 15, Lu will hold meetings with senior government officials to discuss how the United States and Bangladesh can further enhance ties in energy, trade and human rights cooperation.

“Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu will travel to India and Bangladesh January 12-15, for meetings on a range of priorities including energy, trade, security cooperation, religious freedom, labor, and human rights,” reads an announcement of the Office of the Spokesperson of State Department on Wednesday.

While in Bangladesh, Assistant Secretary Lu will meet with senior Bangladeshi officials and civil society leaders to discuss strengthening bilateral relationship and expanding economic engagement.

In India, the Assistant Secretary will participate in the India-U.S. Forum. Assistant Secretary Lu will also meet with senior Indian officials to discuss ways in which the United States and India can further expand energy, trade, security, and human rights cooperation.

Donald Lu became Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs on September 15, 2021. Prior to this assignment, Lu served as the US Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic and the US Ambassador to Albania. Before his posting in Albania, he worked on the Ebola crisis in West Africa as the Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response in the Department of State.

Lu is a Foreign Service Officer with more than 30 years of U.S. government service. He served in India, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Pakistan.