US again stresses free, fair and peaceful election in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Oct 8 (Representative) The United States has once again reaffirmed the importance of promoting human rights and holding free, fair, and peaceful elections in Bangladesh. US deputy secretary Wendy R Sherman expressed this view while meeting Bangladeshi state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam at the Department of State in Washington, D.C on Friday.US state department spokesperson Ned Price later revealed this information about the meeting. At the meeting they discussed various bilateral matters and global issues of common interest as well as the next parliamentary election in Bangladesh, said a foreign ministry press release issued on Saturday. The US deputy secretary at the outset of her discussion, expressed deep condolence for the loss of three Bangladeshi peacekeepers in the Central African Republic recently.

She lauded the contribution of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in global peacekeeping.State minister Shahriar Alam urged the US government to withdraw the US sanctions imposed on the RAB and its senior officials as soon as possible while Sherman reiterated continued collaboration with Bangladesh on its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.Highlighting the progress made in Bangladesh’s labour sector, deputy secretary Sherman stressed upon strengthening cooperation between the two countries to increase bilateral trade. The war in Ukraine, the issue of food and energy security also were discussed the meeting.State minister Alam expressed his government’s willingness to work more closely with the US on the issue of climate change and migration.

In this regard, he drew the US attention for an action-oriented discussion on the issue of loss and damage in the upcoming COP-27. The US deputy secretary praised Bangladesh for high rate of Covid vaccination and the steps taken by Bangladesh to fight and curb the pandemic. She also lauded Bangladesh’s leadership in the issue of climate change. Later on the day, special assistant to the US president and incoming senior director for South Asia at the White House National Security Council, paid a courtesy call on the state minister at the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington. The issues including Bangladesh-US cooperation on counterterrorism, RAB sanctions, Rohingya repatriation, Ukraine war and return of killer Rashed Chowdhury were discussed at that meeting.