Dhaka-Washington meeting
Blinken want to ensure next elections in Bangladesh fair and acceptable

BanglaPress Desk
April 11, 2023

Noman Sabit: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed optimism that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Bangladesh will be held in a free and fair manner. Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. held at the US State Department in Washington at 1:50 PM local time on Monday (April10). He expressed this optimism in a meeting with AK Abdul Momen.
The US Secretary of State spoke at the beginning of the meeting. He praised Bangladesh for providing shelter to the Rohingyas at this time. At the same time, he also talked about the progress of the economy of Bangladesh. Later, the foreign minister of Bangladesh in his speech mentioned the existing good relations between the two countries. At this time, he brought up the issue of returning the killers of Bangabandhu, who had been staying in the United States for a long time.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the US Department of State in Washington DC on Monday (April 10) afternoon.
In their introductory remarks in the presence of media, both the leaders expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations and echoed their desire to further enhance bilateral ties for the next 50 years, building on the solid foundation of the past a half a century.
Terming Bangladesh-US relationship wide-ranging, dynamic and multifaceted, Dr. Momen hoped to develop, strengthen and solidify the ties. He thanked President Joe Biden for his warm message to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the Independence Day of Bangladesh, which the US President ended with “Joy Bangla”.
During the meeting, the two leaders discussed various bilateral and other issues of mutual interest, including strengthening and diversifying economic partnership, addressing Rohingya crisis and climate change, labour rights, civil liberty, and elections.
Apprising the US Secretary of State of the ongoing and completed works in labour sector reforms in Bangladesh, the Foreign Minister hoped that these efforts would be duly acknowledged and appreciated through stronger economic partnership between the two countries. Mr. Blinken lauded the ongoing US-Bangladesh consultative process in improving labour situation in Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister Dr. Momen called upon the United States to take advantage of the generous investment regime of Bangladesh and encourage the US private sector to invest in special economic zones and hi-tech parks in Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister thanked the US government for their generous support in combating COVID-19 pandemic and continued humanitarian support for the Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh. He stressed the need for sustained international pressure on Myanmar for creating environment for voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar. Secretary Blinken highly praised Bangladesh for generously hosting over one million Rohingyas and assured to continue work towards repatriation of the Rohingyas.
The Foreign Minister echoed with the US Secretary of State on the importance of a free and fair elections and reaffirmed the commitment of Bangladesh government in this regard. He reiterated Bangladesh’s request to extradite Rashed Chowdhury, a self-confessed killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
At the end of the meeting, Foreign Minister Dr. Momen handed over a letter that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wrote to US President Joe Biden to thank him for his warm message on the Independence Day of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mr. Muhammad Imran, Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Ferdousi Shahriar, Director General (North America) Mr. Khandker Masudul Alam, and officials of the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present at the meeting.
Counselor Derek Chollet, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Ms. Julieta Valls Noyes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Ms. Kara McDonald, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Ms. Afreen Akhter accompanied Secretary Blinken in the meeting.