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FM urges US to legalise undocumented Bangladeshis

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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged the new US government to legalise undocumented Bangladeshis in the United States.

He made the request at a meeting with US Congresswoman Grace Meng (Democrat, New York) yesterday, a Foreign Ministry press release said here today.

During the meeting, they discussed ways and means for further improving political and economic ties between Bangladesh and the United States.

US Congresswoman Grace Meng represents a large number of Bangladeshi diaspora voters in New York, and has always been an active member of Bangladesh caucus in US Congress.

Referring to the celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, Momen invited Congresswoman Meng to visit Bangladesh with a group of US lawmakers to see the remarkable socioeconomic progress achieved under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and also the situation of the displaced Rohingyas.

Appreciating Biden administration’s liberal approach to immigration, he called upon Congresswoman Meng to make efforts to legalise undocumented Bangladeshi diaspora in the US through taking up the matter with the new US government.

Momen briefed the US lawmaker on Bangladesh’s success in tackling the COVID-19 challenge as well as the suitable environment prevailing for foreign investment in the country.

The Bangladesh foreign minister is currently visiting Washington DC on an official trip to reach out the new US administration to further enhance the bilateral relations and to convey Bangladesh’s willingness to work closely with the new US administration.

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