US, Bangladesh discuss deepening cooperation on counter terrorism, defence, climate change
US and Bangladesh today discussed ways to deepen economic ties and cooperation on counter terrorism, defense and common challenges like climate change together.
The issues were discussed by Bangladesh's Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken over phone, according to a statement of the US State Department.
Momen is on a three-day visit to Washington DC. He is scheduled to deliver two speeches on Rohingya crisis and meet some congressmen.
He could not meet Blinken in person due to the Covid-19 situation, a diplomatic source said.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said the two leaders also discussed the situation in Myanmar, a durable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the importance of respect for labour and human rights.
Secretary Blinken also congratulated Momen on Bangladesh's 50th anniversary of independence in 2021, and both leaders expressed the desire for closer collaboration to address challenges in South Asia and the greater Indo-Pacific region.