The Policy Times, Dhaka Bureau :
The Ambassador of the United States in Bangladesh Earl R. Miller called on Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen yesterday (10 March) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They mainly discussed on Bangladesh Foreign Minister’s recent official visit to Washington DC on 23-27 February 2021.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. Momen termed his visit to the US as a successful one, and stated that he had a very fruitful discussion with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, The US Ambassador also informed that he received good feedback from his Capital on the meeting.
Foreign Minister Dr, Momen also informed the Ambassador about his talks, during the visit, with US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and five US lawmakers; and about his participation in three events organized by US Chambers, Newlines Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) respectively. He recalled that he requested the US Secretary of State to appoint a Special Envoy on Rohingya, in order to monitor and put pressure on Myanmar to ensure safe and dignified repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas. He urged the US lawmakers he met to support this idea and demand the same. He also called for the suspension of the GSP facility and the imposition of economic sanctions on Myanmar by the US. He also reiterated, during the visit, Bangladesh’s strong expectation that the US Administration would facilitate the deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, the convicted killer of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman soon.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister also called for the legalization of undocumented Bangladeshis in the US during his meetings with US lawmakers. He sought US cooperation for introducing more renewable energy in Bangladesh, especially through promoting electric vehicles. During the meeting with the US Chambers, Foreign Minister Dr. Momen asked for a three-year moratorium on US tariff on Bangladesh’s exports, and also proposed that Bangladeshi readymade garments can be exempted from tariff in exchange for fulfilling the condition of using US cotton. He and US Special Envoy Jon Kerry agreed to continue the close collaboration between two countries in the area of climate change. Bangladesh Foreign Minister invited the US Secretary of State to visit Bangladesh this year to participate in the celebration of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee of our independence, visit the Rohingya camps and witness the socio-economic development Bangladesh has achieved. He also invited the US lawmakers to visit Bangladesh in a group in near future. He also informed the US Ambassador about his attending a ceremony in a Bangladeshi-owned university during his visit.
Ambassador Miller informed that a high-level dignitary from the US Government is likely to visit Bangladesh in near future to attend the year-long celebration. He also stated that there is the possibility of receiving a video message from US leadership on the occasion of the upcoming 10-day long celebration this month. US Ambassador expressed willingness to work closely with the Bangladesh government to follow up the discussion that Dr. Momen had in Washington DC with his counterpart and other high dignitaries. Both sides also expressed satisfaction about the upcoming launching of the US-Bangladesh Business Council this month.