Washington-Dhaka to broaden cooperation on political-military issues


United States and Bangladesh have agreed to broaden and strengthen bilateral cooperation on a wide range of political-military issues and shared commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the region.

The commitment came during a meeting of the two countries held on US-Bangladesh Dialogue on Security Issues in Washington DC on April 9, said a press note issued by the office of the spokesperson of US State Department.

This dialogue was second of its kind. The first dialogue was held in Dhaka on April 19 in 2012.

During the meeting, the countries also decided to enhance partnerships in peacekeeping, counter-terrorism, and security cooperation, as well as joint military exercises and exchanges.

Mustafa Kamal, additional foreign secretary, led the Bangladesh side while Andrew J Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for Political-Military Affairs in US, headed the US side.

The exchanges during the dialogue and the breadth of issues covered not only reflected the strength of the bilateral defence relationship, but also the shared commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the region, the press note added.

“The dialogue reaffirmed the robust engagement between the United States and Bangladesh and highlighted the growing defence relationship between our two countries,” the press release said.

Source: The Daily Star