Bangladesh’s leadership look forward to newer heights in bilateral ties, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inviting US President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris to visit and “experience” her country’s successes.
The Bangladesh leader’s congratulatory message to Biden and Harris came quick and even before President Donald Trump conceded defeat in the 3 November elections in which the Democratic candidates got historically record votes.
But, the leadership highlighted their major concerns in solving the Rohingiya crisis and the return of fugitive killer of the country’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At least one of the killers has taken asylum in the US.
“Indeed, I look forward to working closely with you in attaining those ideals as well as in effectively confronting the evils of terrorism, violent extremism, hatred, forced displacements as of the Rohingyas, and for the realization of a safer and a better world,” the premier said in her message to Biden.
Extending a “very warm invitation” to Biden, First Lady Dr Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Douglass Emhoff to visit this South Asian country, saying “experience Bangladesh and its overall progress achieved by its own efforts, the strength of its people, and the support of its good friends as the USA.”
Also on Sunday Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters Dhaka expects a boost in bilateral ties under Joe Biden considering Bangladesh’s geopolitical importance.
“We look forward hope a boost in bilateral ties considering Bangladesh’s geopolitical importance and its emerging economy,” he said.
as an emerging nation,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters on Sunday.
Separately on Sunday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam told reporters that Dhaka would continue to push for the send back Bangabandhu’s killer Rashed Chowdhury to execute the court verdict.
“We expect the US Administration and a democratic country like the US will not give shelter to a killer or promote a killer,” he said.
The State Minister reiterated “There’ll be scope to work deeply with the US on some common grounds to further deepen bilateral ties focussed issues like migration, climate change, trade and investment.”