Online Desk: The US Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Ms. Uzra Zeya met Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen today at a luncheon meeting at the State Guest House Padma where she reaffirmed the US commitment to strengthen the bilateral relations. Ms. Zeya is leading a 6-member US Delegation who is visiting Bangladesh from 11-14 July 2023.
They discussed the protracted Rohingya crisis including achieving the ultimate goal of repatriation, challenges to humanitarian responses and accountability measures. Ms. Zeya appreciated Bangladesh for generously hosting over a million Rohingya and acknowledged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership in this regard.
They further discussed among others issues related to labour reforms, civil rights, upcoming national election and trafficking in persons. Highlighting the achievement in labour reforms the Foreign Secretary hoped that this will further boost bilateral trade and the US investment in Bangladesh. He reiterated Bangladesh’s request to repatriate Rashed Chowdhury, the self-confessed and convicted killer of Bangabandhu. He also restated Bangladesh’s request to review the sanction on RAB. Ms. Zeya appreciated the Prime Minister’s unequivocal commitment to hold a free, fair and violence-free national election.
Md Mustafizur Rahman, Senior Secretary, Public Security Division, Md. Ehsan-E-Elahi , Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Md. Golam Sarwar, Secretary, Law and Justice Division, Md Kamrul Hasan, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and other senior government officials were present in the meeting. Ms. Zeya was accompanied by Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Bureau Donald Lu, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Anjali Kaur, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas, National Security Council Director for South Asia Regional Affairs Brian Luti and other US officials.
Under Secretary Uzra Zeya called-on the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the morning and later met Law Minister Anisul Huq and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in their offices. The US delegation also visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.