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Bangladesh-US relationship is strategic now

  • Published at 03:56 pm June 26th, 2016

His view came at the two-day fifth annual partnership dialogue between the two countries which was held in Washington and concluded on Friday Washington time. In the dialogue both side reiterated their commitment to enhance Dhaka-Washington bilateral cooperation and work together on issues of regional and global interests. The foreign secretary led the inter-ministerial Bangladesh delegation while the US delegation was led by US Under-secretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Tom Shannon, said a press release issued by Bangladesh mission in Washington. In the plenary session on Friday, the progress of the working group discussions held on Thursday was reviewed by the co-chairs. The foreign secretary underscored the Bangladesh government’s vision and strategy to become a middle income country by 2021 having the intrinsic values of democracy, secularism and pluralism. Noting Bangladesh’s remarkable achievements in socio-economic front, Ambassador Shannon highlighted that the USA was proud of its partnership with Bangladesh and looking forward to deeper engagements in the days to come. The co-chairs also discussed the issues related to various regional and sub-regional arrangements including SAARC, BCIM, BIMSTEC, ASEM and IPEC etc. They also revisited Bangladesh’s leadership role in harnessing regional cooperation and integration and discussed about the endless possibilities that are lying ahead. On the sidelines of the partnership dialogue, Foreign Secretary Haque met with senior US government officials including Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Ms. Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration and Ms. Bathsheba Crocker, Assistant Secretary of State for international Organisations, Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, with Dr. Peter Lavoy, Special Assistant to President Obama and Jonathan Finer, Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State. The US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue, established in 2012, is a regularly planned policy consultation designed to advance the common agenda. Meanwhile, US state dept spokesperson John Kirby at a press briefing on Friday said: “We’ve long talked about our concerns over the situation in Bangladesh, and again, I would say clearly those issues and our concerns were obviously part of the discussions here at the State Department.”