Parliamentary delegation underscores greater engagement with US...

Parliamentary delegation underscores greater engagement with US

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:56 PM, 21 May 2022  

Photo: Collected

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The delegation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh has underscored the greater engagements between Bangladesh and the United States to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations. 

The parliamentary team expressed this view when they had meetings with Ambassador Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department, and Congressman Dwight Evans at his Longworth office in the Capitol Hill here on their second day of the visit on Thursday.

The delegation also participated in a roundtable discussion with senior officials of the International Republican Institute (IRI), led by its President Dr. Daniel Twining.

Muhammad Faruk Khan, MP, Chairman of the Standing Committee, is leading the delegation. Other members of the team are Nurul Islam Nahid, Nahim Razzaq, and Kazi Nabil Ahmed.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M Shahidul Islam and senior officials of the embassy were present at these meetings.

In their meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Donald Lu, the Parliamentary team discussed the entire range of issues encompassing the Bangladesh-US partnership and expressed resolve to deepen engagements between the two countries.

Ambassador Lu was highly appreciative of the Bangladesh government's management of the COVID-19 pandemic, terming its vaccine distribution system as one of the best in the world. He viewed trade and investment, climate change, and COVID-19 cooperation as important areas where the two countries could enhance their collaboration. 

The two sides discussed Bangladesh's huge potential in the IT and ICT sectors and looked forward to expanding cooperation between the Silicon Valley and Bangladesh Hi-Tech Parks.  

The leader of the delegation Faruk Khan emphasized the importance of resumption of the Dhaka-New York direct Biman flight for enhanced people-to-people and business-to-business relations. 

The Bangladesh side appreciated the US humanitarian and political support extended to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue. They requested Congressman Evans to continue his efforts with the US Capitol and the Biden administration to put sustained pressure on Myanmar for accepting the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.

The delegation took part in a roundtable discussion with renowned think tank International Republican Institute (IRI).

President of IRI Dr. Daniel Twining led the IRI side. IRI's Asia Division Director Johanna Kao, Deputy Director Rhonda Mays, Associate Director Matt Carter, Senior Program Manager Rohullah Niazi, Bangladesh Program Director Dr. Geoffrey Macdonald, and diplomats from the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC were present at the meeting.