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PM Hasina writes back to Joe Biden

Update : 26 Feb 2024, 13:36

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has written back to US President Joe Biden. Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud handed over a copy of the letter to Eileen Laubacher, special assistant to the president and senior director for South Asia, US National Security Council (NSC), on Sunday.

It is a response to the letter sent by the US president to the Bangladesh prime minister.

Bangladesh Ambassador to USA Muhammad Imran will hand over the original copy of the letter to the White House.

Eileen Laubacher led an inter-agency US delegation during her meeting with Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

The foreign minister said they want a new chapter of relations with the US. "We want to begin a new chapter of relations with them," he said, adding that the nations will benefit through strengthening the relations.
USAID's Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia Michael Schiffer, US Department of States Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) Afreen Akhter, and CDA of the US Embassy in Dhaka Helen LaFave were present at the meeting.

Besides, Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Muhammad Imran and Director General of the foreign ministry's North America wing Khandker Masudul Alam and other officials from the ministry were present.

The discussions centred around exploring new avenues to deepening the existing relationship. Economic cooperation, trade and investment, Rohingya humanitarian response, climate change, and energy were in focus during the meeting.

The foreign minister reiterated Bangladesh's steadfast position in favour of peace and against any form of war.

He asked for US to use its leverage to achieve a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

Hasan also hoped for the Russia-Ukraine war to end.

The extradition of Bangabandhu's self-confessed killer Rashed Chowdhury from the US was also discussed.

He also asked for the withdrawal of the US sanction on Rapid Action Battalion.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressing his willingness to work together to achieve Bangladesh's economic goals. He also expressed willingness to partnering with Bangladesh on the shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

As the two countries embark on the next chapter of the US-Bangladesh partnership, Biden said he wants to convey the sincere desire of his administration to continue their work together on regional and global security, economic development, climate change and energy, global health, humanitarian support, especially for Rohingya refugees, and more.

"We have a long and successful history of working together to solve problems, and our strong people-to-people ties are the foundation of this relationship," the US President wrote to PM Sheikh Hasina.

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