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US wants ‘action oriented’ deepening ties with Bangladesh: Haas

Published : 18 May 2022 09:49 PM | Updated : 19 May 2022 05:06 PM

The United State (US) Ambassador to Bangladesh  Peter Hass on Wednesday said his country wants to build "action oriented" deepening  relationship with Bangladesh as Washington and Dhaka are being engaged in  series of bilateral dialogues at different levels in this year. 

He made the remarks to media as a quick reaction after holding a meeting with  foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen at foreign ministry in Dhaka. 

"We had a conversation about how we can continue moving our relationships  forward and how we can (have) action oriented deepening relationship," Hass  said. 

During the meeting, the envoy said, they talked about the "totality" of the  bilateral issues between the US and Bangladesh and "how we can move forward". 

The ambassador said they also discussed about issues related to all bilateral  dialogues between the two countries held in the last couple of months. 

They also talked about the upcoming Bangladesh-US High Level Economic Forum  to be held in Washington in the first week of next month. 

Currently, the ninth defence dialogue is going on between Bangladesh and the  US as the two countries seek strengthening security cooperation in the  changed geopolitical landscape.

Security environment in the Indo-Pacific, military to military joint  exercise, forces modernization, General Security of Military Information 

Agreement (GSOMIA), countering terrorism, humanitarian and disaster  management are some of the highlights in the meeting. 

Bangladesh and the US celebrated the 50th anniversary of establishing the  diplomatic relations on April 4 with different events including bilateral 

meeting between Bangladesh foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and US  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in Washington. 

In the same month, Bangladesh and the US held the 8th round of security  dialogue in Washington DC.