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Bangladesh, USA pledge to bolster security ties

WT24 Desk

Bangladesh and the USA have pledged to work together to build on the current robust security relations between the two countries in coming years, agencies report.  The commitment came at the end of the 4th round of Bangladesh-USA Security Dialogue held on Friday in Washington, according to a message received here this afternoon.  In the dialogue, Bangladesh has reiterated its unwavering commitment to denounce terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.

Mizanur Rahman, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the nine-member Bangladesh delegation while Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Todd Chapman led the US side in the dialogue.   The Bangladesh side had representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, home affairs, defence, armed forces division, and the embassy of Bangladesh in Washington.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat also participated in the dialogue.   The day-long dialogue was featured by discussions on wide range of issues pertaining to security partnership between the two countries including strategic priorities and regional issues, military-to-military cooperation, cyber security, UN peacekeeping, counter terrorism and violent extremism, and disaster management.

Both the sides converged on the importance of deeper and stronger partnership in their common pursuit to seek effective solutions to their mutual security concerns.   The US side applauded the invaluable contribution of Bangladesh to promote global peace under the aegis of the UN peacekeeping operations.  Both the sides underscored different aspects of growing cooperation between the two nations in this critically important field.

The shared commitments of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Barack Obama to co-host the UN peacekeeping summit on the sidelines of the high level segment of the upcoming 70th UNGA was one of the highlights in the discussion.  The Bangladesh side thanked the US side to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to participate in the counter-violent extremism summit, another UNGA signature event to be hosted by President Obama this September.

The 5th round of security dialogue will be held in Dhaka next year, the message added.

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