Dhaka-Washington ties getting stronger

Published : 26 Feb 2024 07:58 PM | Updated : 26 Feb 2024 10:35 PM

The meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud and the visiting high-level US delegation at the foreign ministry in the capital Dhaka will lift the bilateral relations to a new height in the coming days. Bangladesh and the United States believe that the future close and deep relations will benefit people of both the countries as they  showed their willingness to commence a new chapter of ties.  

Dhaka and Washington discussed how the two countries could begin “a new chapter” of bilateral relations. Bangladesh’s desire to have a “strategic partnership” with the United States to further deepen bilateral relations by advancing common goals and mutual interests.

The members of the US delegation want to have a new chapter of relations with Bangladesh. And Bangladesh also wants to start a new chapter of ties with the United States. 

Issues related to repatriation of Bangabandhu’s convicted killer Rashed Chowdhury, Rohingya crisis, Gaza genocide, Russia-Ukrain war, security cooperation and climate change were discussed. The US embassy in Dhaka on its official facebook page uploaded a status saying that the United States supports a prosperous, secure, and democratic Bangladesh. 

We think Bangladesh will indeed enjoy the best of relations as its bilateral ties with the United States are wide-ranging and have historical roots. 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. 

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Besides, the two countries are continuing to meet the challenges of creating a favourable social, economic and environmental condition and to establish human rights specifically related to the “global” aspect. We believe the bilateral relations and enhance cooperation on global issues between the two countries will be strengthened further after the  meeting of the Bangladesh foreign minister and the US delegation. We also believe as Bangladesh’s stride towards graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) list, the Joe Biden-led US government will play a vital role in the regard. Apart from these, Bangladeshi immigrants are now at an advantage since the Biden administration plans to address and reform the issue. 

And there are possibilities of some positive changes in migration. Undocumented Bangladeshis there will benefit if the change takes place. On the Rohingya issue, we want to thank and show gratitude to 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. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman aptly emphasised the enormous importance of bilateral relationship 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 maintains a cooperative and comprehensive economic relationship with countries in the neighbourhood and beyond. We also express our optimism that the two sides would be able to work closely on climate change. 

It became clear to all that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was and is determined to uphold democracy and the rule of law at any cost. Therefore, we also express our optimism that the USA would send back Bangabandhu’s fugitive killer Rashed Chowdhury soon.