US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas A Shannon has praised Bangladesh as a global example of a tolerant, pluralistic, and moderate nation and said Bangladesh matters to the Trump administration.
“To Trump administration, Bangladesh matters, our friendship matters, and our partnership matters,” he said speaking as guest of honour at the Independence Day reception at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday.
Ambassador Shannon, who visited Dhaka in 2015, said he was impressed by idealism, optimism, and resolution of the people of Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh is our most important regional partner,” he told the reception attended by US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador William E Todd, former US ambassadors to Bangladesh, important officials from the Department of State, Justice, Commerce, Homeland and other departments of the US government.
Ambassador Shannon said although a relatively young nation Bangladesh had made tremendous progress.
Referring to Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971, he said the people of Bangladesh fought and died for liberty which would inspire future generation to continue their struggle for liberty, democracy and tolerance.
Offering his condolence for the killing of six people in recent terrorist act in Sylhet city, Ambassador Shannon said the tragic event underscored the need for continued partnership in the fight against terrorism. He said Bangladesh and the United States would confront the challenges together with courage, resolve and strength.