U.S., Bangladesh discuss bilateral ties, Rohingya crisis

DHAKA – Bangladesh and the United States held series of discussion during the visit of U.S. Deputy Assistant to the U.S. President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council Ms. Lisa Curtis who held meetings with Foreign Minister Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque.

According a press release issued by Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Curtis had a meeting with Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali on March 4, 2018.

Earlier the U.S. officials also held detailed discussion with Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque on March 03, 2018.

The U.S. official also visited the city of Cox’s Bazar and getting the victims’ account of atrocities committed in the Rakhine State by Myanmar authorities. The ongoing Rohingya issue featured prominently in the meetings between the U.S. and Bangladesh officials.

According to the officials statement issued by Bangladesh Ms. Curtis assured the Rohingyas that “they won’t be forgotten” while deeply appreciating Bangladesh’s role in sheltering the persecuted Rohingyas and providing necessary support to them.

“Bangladesh could be a model in the world on how to deal with such humanitarian situations”, Ms. Curtis was quoted as saying and assured that the United States will “remain with and stand by Bangladesh” in resolving the crisis.

The U.S. officials also offered further U.S. assistance to deal with the upcoming challenges, especially when the monsoon is approaching soon.

Before leaving Bangladesh Ms. Lisa Curtis also called on the Advisor for Security Affairs to Prime Minister, Major Gen. ® Tarique Ahmed Siddique and Advisor for International Affairs to PM, Prof Dr. Gowher Rizvi.- VOSA Report.


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