Momen-Blinken talks Feb 24

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen left Dhaka for Washington on Monday to have a “broad-based” discussion with the new administration in the United States.

Before leaving Dhaka, he told reporters that he would be meeting with US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken on Feb 24.

Issues related to the Rohingya crisis and deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, a convicted fugitive killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, would be discussed during the meeting, among others.

The foreign minister said he believed that the new US administration would look into the issue of deporting Rashed Chowdhury “seriously” in the shared spirit of establishing justice and the rule of law.

 “This could be a game-changer in the Bangladesh-US partnership,” he said, adding that: “We want to develop much solid relations with the USA”.

 Earlier, the Foreign Minister said, there were indications that the new US administration under President Joe Biden would look into the issue of genocide in the Rakhine State and will hopefully proactively take action for their safe return to Myanmar.