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Foreign Minister meets US lawmakers in Washington

Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen

Washington, DC, 7 April :  Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen held meetings with Senator Jon Ossoff and Congressman Ami Bera, the Chairman of the House, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation.

The meetings took place on Wednesday in Washington DC at the respective offices of the Senator and the Congressman. Dr. Momen is now visiting USA on an invitation from the US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken.

Foreign Minister briefed the lawmarkers on the impressive socio-economic development that has taken place in Bangladesh under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which was appreciated by the US Lawmakers. He thankfully acknowledged the strong US humanitarian and political support to Bangladesh in dealing with Rohingya crisis. He requested the US lawmakers to persuade Myanmar in all possible ways to create a safe and secure environment in Rakhine State and take back all the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their homeland in Myanmar from Bangladesh. The US lawmakers commended Bangladesh’s generosity in hosting this huge number of Rohingyas and said that they would continue their efforts in this regard.

The Foreign Minister also called for increased trade and investment of the US in Bangladesh. He raised the issue of deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, the self-confessed killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and sought the support of the Senator and the Congressman in this regard. Seeking the US lawmakers’ support on lifting of US sanctions on RAB, the Foreign Minister expressed Bangladesh’s expectations that the sanctions on RAB would be withdrawn soon. He also sought their support to revitalize the Congressional Bangladesh Caucus.

Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Member of Parliament, M Shahidul Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States, Shabbir Ahmad Chowdhury, Secretary (West) of the Ministry of foreign Affairs were present in the meetings.