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Want to create new chapter in Bangladesh-US relations: Foreign Minister

Update : 25 Feb 2024, 20:28

Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said that the United States has expressed willingness to work with Bangladesh to create a new chapter in their relations.

After meeting with the visiting US delegation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he told reporters ''there is willingness from both sides. Together, we want to create a new chapter in our relations."  

Minister Hasan said the big thing is that they want a new chapter of relations with Bangladesh.

"We also want to begin a new chapter of relations with them," he said, adding that the people will benefit through strengthening the relations.

Eileen Laubacher, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South Asia, US National Security Council (NSC); Michael Schiffer, USAID Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia; and Afreen Akhter, US Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, are on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

"It's a pleasure for us to talk about our shared priorities and ways for us to cooperating together in the future," Eileen Laubacher told reporters in her very brief remarks. 

She also said they value the relations with Bangladesh.

"We discussed with the Foreign Minister how our two countries can work on mutual interests, including economic development, security, refugees, climate, labor, and trade," said the US Embassy in a separate message after the meeting.

Bangladesh is an important partner in the Indo-Pacific region, it said.

Responding to a question regarding withdrawal of sanctions on RAB, the Foreign Minister said the US side has given five observations which Bangladesh will follow up.

He said the current situation in Myanmar has posed a security threat for Bangladesh and the region. "We discussed this issue."

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