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Shahriar: Bangladesh will continue urging US to send back Bangabandhu killer Rashed Chowdhury

The state minister sees scopes to deeply work with the US on some common issues

Update : 08 Nov 2020, 08:54 PM

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Sunday said Bangladesh will continuously urge the US government to send back Rashed Chowdhury, one of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to execute the court verdict.

"We expect the US Administration and a democratic country like the US will not give shelter to a killer or promote a killer," he told reporters mentioning that Bangladesh-US relations deepened and broadened over the last ten years.

Shahriar said Bangladesh had the expectation to the US government in the past and it will continue to be an expectation in a greater way on Rashed Chowdhury's repatriation.

During US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun's visit to Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said self-confessed killer Rashed is residing in the US and the US should not be the home for murderers.

Biegun assured Bangladesh of extending cooperation in repatriating Rashed.

State Minister Shahriar Alam also raised the issue with the US deputy secretary of state during their meeting and sought support from the US in repatriating Rashed.

Talking to reporters on Sunday, he said the two key parties of the US were in power in the last 10 years and the Bangladesh government remained engaged with both the administrations. 

"There'll be scope to work deeply with the US on some common grounds [in taking forward the relations]," he said, mentioning issues like migration, climate change, trade and investment. 

The state minister said there was no such advantage for Bangladesh in the TICFA but hoped to see no discrimination in the world market for Bangladeshi products.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already congratulated US President-elect Jos Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, saying she foresees the relationship reaching higher heights in the coming days.

"Indeed, I look forward to working closely with you in attaining those ideals as well as in effectively confronting the evils of terrorism, violent extremism, hatred, forced displacements as of the Rohingyas, and for the realization of a safer and a better world," Hasina wrote in her message to Biden.

She extended a very warm invitation to Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden, and Kamala Harris and her husband Douglass Emhoff to visit and experience Bangladesh and its overall progress achieved by its own efforts, the strength of its people, and the support of its good friends such as the US.

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