US seeks Dhaka's support
Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said Bangladesh will make an independent decision on recognition to Kosovo keeping its national interests in consideration.
The foreign secretary said this when US Ambassador James F Moriarty approached him the issue at a meeting at the foreign ministry yesterday.
Asked whether he raised the issue of Kosovo's recognition with the foreign secretary, the US envoy told reporters, “Why not, I raised the issue again.”
Quayes also said the US envoy sought Bangladesh's support in recognition to Kosovo. “I told him that we are examining the matter.”
It was his fifth approach to Bangladesh to seek recognition for Kosovo. On August 22, the secretary said Bangladesh had no plan to recognise Kosovo 'for now'.
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008.
Sixty-three out of 192 members of the United Nations so far recognised Kosovo. The countries that recognised Kosovo include Australia, Canada, Japan, KSA, Malaysia, USA and 22 European Union member states.
Foreign office sources said Dhaka was taking time before recognising Kosovo as it was focusing on strengthening its ties with Moscow in various areas including that of nuclear power plant.
Russia formally requested Bangladesh not to recognise the tiny Balkan nation.
Moriarty said he discussed the issues of upcoming global conference on climate change and human rights with the secretary.
Asked whether he discussed stopping of extrajudicial killings, the US envoy replied negative. “We all should consider upholding human rights.”
They also discussed a number of bilateral issues, including climate change, food security and agricultural extension.