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Bangladesh ready to work with new US administration closely: FM

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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has congratulated new US Secretary of State Antony John Blinken and shared Bangladesh’s willingness to work with the new US Administration closely to achieve common goals.

In a letter, he stressed strengthening the enduring ties further, addressing the common challenges and building on the progress and prosperity that have been achieved.

Secretary of State Blinken has been invited to visit Bangladesh to attend the ongoing celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence.

Foreign Minister Momen underscored that such a visit of the US Secretary of State would further strengthen the multifaceted bilateral relations, and would also provide Blinken an overview of the miraculous development Bangladesh has achieved under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Blinken’s nomination to the ministerial post has been confirmed by the US Senate on Tuesday.

In his letter, Bangladesh Foreign Minister expressed his disposition to work closely with his US counterpart to achieve the two friendly countries’ common goals of peace, development and security for all.

Terming the Bangladesh-US relations a unique partnership, Dr. Momen also expected that the new US administration would deport Rashed Chowdhury, the fugitive killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the spirit of ensuring justice and the rule of law.

Dr Momen thanked the United States for the strong political support and humanitarian assistance received on the Rohingya issue.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister expressed the hope that the Biden Administration would involve itself more proactively in the international efforts to resolve the crisis through safe and sustainable return of the displaced Rohingyas to their ancestral land in Myanmar.

Opining that Bangladesh can be a lucrative destination for new US investment, he stated the Bangladesh government’s keenness to have a wider US cooperation in economic arena, especially in the form of trade liberalisation and FDI.

As Bangladesh being the present Chair of the 48-member Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), Dr. Momen expressed deep satisfaction over the return of the US to the Paris Agreement, and hoped that two countries would work closely to save the planet for the future generation.

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