Dhaka wants strategic ties with Washington

Bangladesh-US relations to reach a new height

The virtual maiden meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will lift the bilateral relations to a new height in the coming days.

In the teleconference, Abdul Momen expressed Bangladesh’s desire to have the “strategic partnership” with the United States to further deepen by advancing common goals and mutual interests. In this regard, we think Bangladesh will be enjoying the best of relations as its bilateral ties with the United States are wide-ranging and have historical roots.

Apart from its own country, the Democratic Party, one of the two major contemporary political parties in the US, is working to establish peace, liberty and democracy across the globe while Bangladesh ruling Awami League was also founded on a doctrine of equality for all people.

Besides, the two countries are continuing to meet the challenges of creating favourable social, economic and environmental conditions and establish human rights specifically related to the “global” aspect. Bangladesh Post on Thursday ran a story that shows that the bilateral relations and cooperation on global issues between the two countries will be strengthened further after the maiden meeting of the two foreign ministers.

As Bangladesh marches towards graduation from Least 

Developed Country (LDC) list, the Joe Biden-led US 

government will play a vital role in this regard

Besides, we believe, as Bangladesh marches towards graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) list, the Joe Biden-led US government will play a vital role in this regard.

Apart from these, Bangladeshi immigrants are now at an advantageous position since the Biden administration plans to address the issue.

And there are possibilities of some positive changes in migration laws. Undocumented Bangladeshis will benefit if the change takes place.

On the Rohingya issue, we want to thank the US government for its humanitarian and political support to Bangladesh to cope with the Rohingya exodus. We also think that the US will take the lead and bring the international community together to put enough political pressure on Myanmar to create conditions for sustainable return of the Rohingyas to their own country. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman aptly emphasised the enormous importance of bilateral relations with the US when he visited the country in October 1974 and met President Gerald Ford.

In this regard, Bangladesh will continue to follow Bangabandhu's foreign policy principle of "friendship to all, malice to none"; and thereby maintain a cooperative and comprehensive economic relationship with countries in the neighbourhood and beyond. The existing strong economic partnership between the two countries will have a good shape as the US considers Bangladesh as an important economic and security partner in Indo-Pacific region.We also express our optimism that the two sides would be able to work closely on climate change before and during the upcoming COP26.

Simultaneously, we hope that President Biden would visit Bangladesh soon to see the socio-economic achievements and join the celebration of the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh.