Both officials will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar
The deputy administrator of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh today on a three-day visit.
Sources concerned said Bonnie Glick will discuss various issues of bilateral interest with government officials and take a stalk of the progress of the project implemented by USAID.
She will also visit Cox’s Bazar to see the condition of the Rohingyas, who took shelter in the coastal city after being persecuted by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people from other ethnic groups in Rakhine state.
“In Bangladesh, the deputy administrator will meet with government officials, implementing partners, and the American Chamber of Commerce,” said a media advisory issued by the USAID in Washington.
“The deputy administrator will then travel to Cox's Bazar to observe USAID's development assistance for Bangladeshi communities affected by the Rohingya crisis and humanitarian efforts for Rohingya refugees,” it added.
Glick, who will come to Dhaka from Bangkok, will leave for Indonesia on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Alice Wells, the acting assistant secretary of Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs under the US State Department, is also scheduled to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow.
Wells will hold meetings with senior government officials to review the entire gamut of bilateral issues between Dhaka and Washington, according to the sources.
A media note issued by the State Department also said that she will meet civil society leaders, apart from government officials, during her three-day visit.
In Cox’s Bazar, she will also meet with Bangladeshi officials and representatives from international and non-governmental organisations to discuss US humanitarian assistance, and observe the conditions refugees and host communities are facing, said the note.
While officials of both countries will discuss all bilateral issues, Dhaka will urge Washington to do more to persuade the Myanmar government to take back its displaced people, the sources said, reminding that the US is the largest provider of humanitarian aid to the Rohingyas.
Sources said Wells is also likely to encourage Dhaka to be more active in engaging Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy.