Shannon, Biswal due Sunday
13 December 2015, Nirapad News: Counselor of the US Department of State Ambassador Thomas Shannon will arrive on Sunday on a two-day visit to discuss issues like security, trade, development and countering violent extremism.
He will be accompanied by US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal in Bangladesh and Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Manpreet Singh Anand, according to a media note received from the US Department of State.
“His trip will highlight the strength and durability of the US-Bangladesh relationship and continued gains to be made in security, trade, development, the environment, and countering violent extremism,” the media note reads.
In Bangladesh, Ambassador Shannon, also Undersecretary for Political Affairs-designate, will meet senior government and parliamentary leaders, as well as media, civil society, and labour representatives, and will visit a USAID-funded healthcare clinic.
The US diplomats will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 4:30pm on Sunday. They will also meet Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, high government officials, political leaders and civil society representatives.
Shannon will also attend a seminar on ‘The US-Bangladesh Relationship: Working Together on Global Issues’ on Sunday in the city.
Ambassador Shannon will leave Dhaka on Monday for Sri Lanka.