'First Bangladesh-US dialogue in Washington'
'First Bangladesh-US dialogue in Washington' | Bangladesh | bdnews24.com
Thu, Jun 7th, 2012 12:02 am BdST
Dhaka, June 6 (bdnews24.com) – The first Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue will be held in Washington, DC on the margins of the next UN General Assembly.
US Ambassador in Bangladesh Dan W Mozena conveyed this message to Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Wednesday when he handed over a letter of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Prime Minister.
In the letter, Clinton expressed her thanks for the warm 'welcome' extended to her by the government and the people of Bangladesh.
The US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue Agreement was signed in Dhaka during her visit on May 5-6.
Following up on the Agreement, the Secretary in the letter expressed her satisfaction that preparations are underway to convene the first dialogue in Washington, DC.
According to a US embassy media release, the Ambassador called on Foreign Minister Dipu Moni to follow up on the 'successful' visit to Bangladesh of the US Secretary of State as he prepares to return to Washington, DC, for consultations.
They discussed a wide range of follow-up activities, including the Partnership Dialogue, Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA), and Trafficking in Persons, it said.
They reviewed recent developments related to labour rights in Bangladesh and its importance to the future of Bangladesh's 'vital' readymade garment sector.
In the letter, the Secretary also shared her 'high regard' for Grameen Bank and 'the hope it brings to more than eight million of Bangladesh's most vulnerable, particularly women'.
She expressed hope that the Bangladesh government would endeavour to ensure that the Bank's integrity, including its innovative governance and ownership structure, is sustained as an effective development tool for the poor.