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US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

United States and Bangladesh now have the “best relationship and partnership ever,” said Dan W Mozena, the outgoing US ambassador to Bangladesh today. Mozena made the comment after meeting leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad at 4:30pm at her Gulshan residence. The meeting began at 4:30pm and lasted an hour. The Obama administration of the...

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China. Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of energy and transport projects. His will be the first bilateral visit to Nepal by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, though Indian leaders have routinely attended regional summits in Kathmandu. Negotiators were trying to narrow...

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Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

SAINTS are the exception. Anyone else in the writing business, including those of us at the nether end of the business, can rarely resist the temptations of glory. The danger is obvious: vainglory, that purgatory space where imagination outstrips the boundaries of reality and ego functions on the basis of what we imagine we...

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

India's external affairs ministry yesterday rejected Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s suggestion that India was thinking of allowing Bangladeshi nationals entry without visa if they were aged over 70 or under 10, a Kolkata newspaper reported. Gogoi made the allegation at two media briefings in three days. A loosely worded summary of a key foreign...

Indiscreet diplomacy

DAN Mozena may be unhappy with Bangladesh's position on Crimea. But for him to express his disappointment in public goes somewhat against the norms of diplomatic practice. Disagreements between governments are generally voiced through official, behind the scenes channels. The US envoy ought to have followed that principle. There are areas where he should be properly diplomatic, especially when he decides to comment on Bangladesh's internal politics. He should focus on bilateral Dhaka-Washington ties, in trade, joint endeavours and...

Of politics and diplomacy

THE foreign Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida made a three-day visit to Bangladesh from March 21 to 23, during which he held an official discussion with Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. While the details of the visit are available in the media, the highlights include discussions on an Economic Partnership Agreement, annual consultation between the two countries at the foreign secretary level, and establishing a peace building centre in...

Diplomacy of cooperation: Way for resolving water sharing issues

DIPLOMACY means the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of states. Usually it refers to international diplomacy; the conduct of international relations through intercession of professional diplomats with regard to peace making, trade, war, economics, culture, water resources sharing, environment, human rights and so on. Water resources sharing between countries situated in the same basin of a particular international river has, of late, occupied a very important place in diplomatic relationship between countries for obvious reasons. In this...

Warning shots fired to turn monitors back from Crimea

Warning shots fired to turn monitors back from Crimea

Shots were fired in Crimea to warn off an unarmed international team of monitors and at a Ukrainian observation plane, as the standoff between occupying Russian forces and besieged Ukrainian troops intensified. Russia's seizure of the Black Sea peninsula, which began 10 days ago, has so far been bloodless, but its forces have become...

S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves

S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves. She called on Japan to embrace "truth and reconciliation". Japan apologised in 1993 to survivors of the many thousands of women who were forced into army brothels. On Friday...

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