Dhaka – The United States has assured working hand in hand with Bangladesh in resolving the refugee crisis after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a violent military crackdown at their home.
The US said it will help not only through aid but also through sustained supports for the voluntary, dignified and safe return of the forcibly displaced people of Myanmar.
“Our cooperation in responding to the Rohingya crisis is the fruit of a strong bilateral relationship that we seek to enhance even further,” US Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert said.
She was speaking at the Independence and National Day reception at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday, according to a message received in Dhaka, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Nauert said the close bonds between Bangladesh and the US have never been more essential-and Bangladesh’s leadership more vital-than during this tragic humanitarian crisis.
Nauert who made her maiden overseas visit to Bangladesh in November as the State Department’s spokesperson said she was deeply moved by her visit to Cox’s Bazar and to see Bangladeshi people opening their doors and their hearts to the Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar.
“Bangladesh has the profound gratitude of the American people for all that you have done and continue to do to provide comfort to those in such great need,” she said.
Earlier, Nauert placed wreath at the bust of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman installed on chancery premises.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin also spoke at the reception.
Diplomats from foreign missions, officials of different departments of the US government, politicians, intellectuals, businessmen, high civil and military officials, senior journalists and leading members of the Bangladesh community attended the reception at Bangabandhu Auditorium in the evening.
Nauert praised Bangladesh’s “extraordinary” social and economic progress and said the US exporters are well positioned to help take Bangladesh’s economy to the next level, by delivering the highest quality goods and services in the world.
She said the US security forces also partner closely to ensure regional maritime security, defeat terrorists and strengthen UN peacekeeping.
The US official said as Bangladeshi peacekeepers promote peace and freedom throughout the globe, they follow in the courageous example of the Founding Father of Bangladesh.