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Foreign Secretary: Sanction is a US tool against corruption

  • Sanctions can be used against any country, not just Bangladesh, he says 
  • Did not find any clue of imposing sanctions on Bangladesh, says secretary 
Update : 07 Aug 2023, 10:58 PM

The United States will use sanctions as a “tool against corruption”, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen said on Monday after his meeting with Department of State’s Coordinator on Global Anti-Corruption Richard Nephew.

He said the US was prioritizing anti-corruption activities across the world, and in the future this sanction tool could be used for businesses and investments.

The foreign secretary, however, said during the meeting, he did not find any clue of imposing sanctions on Bangladesh.

"It (sanctions) can be used against any country, not just Bangladesh,” he said.

Richard Nephew, known as an American sanction expert, arrived in Dhaka on Sunday. He met the Anti-Corruption Commission officials on his arrival.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, while announcing his appointment on July 5, said: "Richard’s experience and dedication will be an asset to our efforts worldwide to address transnational corruption and kleptocracy, key components of the White House Strategy on Countering Corruption.”

His visit came at a time when the US was the center of Bangladesh’s political attention ahead of the general elections to be held by January.

The US imposed sanctions on the elite police force RAB and announced a new visa policy for those who would stand in the way of holding free and fair elections.

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