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US State Dept officials in Dhaka

Update : 08 Nov 2015, 08:18 PM

Two officials from the US Department of State are currently in Dhaka, visiting Bangladesh as part of their official tour of South Asia.

The officials – William E Todd, principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, and Clinton Brown, director of South and Central Asian Affairs for Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh – visited Dhaka on November 4-6 and left for Sri Lanka, before coming back to Bangladesh on Sunday for additional meetings.

While in Dhaka, Todd met with high-level officials from the government and discussed Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with the US, the security situation and regional issues, said a US embassy press release.

“Our countries both benefit when we cooperate, as we do on so many issues,” said Todd. “On pressing global concerns like climate change, women’s empowerment and countering violent extremism, we share a vision and work toward common goals.”

Immediately prior to this assignment, Todd served as the US Ambassador to Cambodia, where he focused on the advancement of democracy, human rights, regional stability, counterterrorism and trade and investment.

Before his appointment to Cambodia, he served as the coordinating director of development and economic affairs at the US Embassy in Kabul.

Todd has held several other senior positions within the US government.

He has been a career member of the Senior Service for more than 15 years. 

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