BD-US work for common goals in countering extremism: Todd
09 November 2015, Nirapad News: The US Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for South and Central Asian Affairs William E Todd has discussed ‘security situation’ with high-level officials from Bangladesh government apart from cooperation in countering violent extremism.
“On pressing global concerns like climate change, women’s empowerment, and countering violent extremism, we share a vision and work toward common goals,” he said.
Todd made the remarks during his discussion with Bangladeshi counterparts, said a US Embassy press release on Sunday.
Todd ‘briefly’ met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and had a half-hour talk with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque at state guesthouse Padma on Sunday, said a diplomatic source. The Foreign Ministry, however, did not inform the media about the meeting.
Asked, US Embassy Spokesperson Nancy VanHorn told UNB that PDAS Todd appreciated the opportunity to continue building on the ‘strong foundation’ of the US-Bangladesh relationship with his Bangladeshi counterparts.
He also discussed Bangladesh’s bilateral relations with the United States and regional issues. “Our countries both benefit when we cooperate, as we do on so many issues,” said Todd.
He along with Director of South and Central Asian Affairs for Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh Clinton Brown visited Dhaka from November 4 to 6 and returned to Bangladesh on Sunday for additional meetings, the release added.