The majority of the international community, along with Bangladesh, expressed concern after US President Donald Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6 last year.
The Trump administration also threatened to cut aid to countries that voted in favour of a draft United Nations (UN) resolution condemning the US decision over the issue.
Despite threats, a total of 128 countries including Bangladesh voted in favour of that UN resolution, while ten countries voted against it.
Responding to a query, a Bangladesh government official stated that the Trump administration threatened every country that voted to reject the US move regarding Jerusalem, and Bangladesh was not directly targeted.
The USA has already made a $285m cut to UN budget after the vote on Jerusalem, but the Trump administration is yet to hint at taking action against any individual country.
“The US has cut aid to Bangladesh after Donald Trump was elected president. However, the cut was made long before the Jerusalem issue,” the official added.
Another government official told the correspondent that there has been no indication of US-Bangla diplomatic ties being impacted by the Jerusalem issue.
He added; “The USA has supported us [Bangladesh] on the Rohingya issue at the UN, and that support is still available to us. The USA has not changed their stance over the ongoing refugee crisis.”
US-Bangla diplomatic relations
A number of countries made fundamental changes to their foreign policy, after Donald Trump became president of the United States. Trump is well-known for his distrust of the current geopolitical structure.
The USA’s ties with Bangladesh are limited mostly in the economic sector.
In a recent statement given at a seminar, Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali spoke about an eight-point foreign policy for Bangladesh. The proposal mentioned that Bangladesh should boost political ties with Europe, but added that the US-Bangla ties are limited to economic and multilateral ties.
Discussing the 5th point of the foreign policy, Mahmud Ali said: “Bangladesh will strengthen diplomatic ties with other countries for economic development. We are already boosting partnership with India, China, Japan, USA and UK.”
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune