PV Desk : US Under Secretary Thomas A Shannon on Sunday said his country counts Bangladesh as a ‘close and reliable’ partner in its endeavours towards free trade, sustainable development, the rule of law and universal values of democracy and human rights.
“We’re grateful to be able to count Bangladesh as a close and reliable partner,” he said after the sixth Partnership Dialogue between the two countries in the city.
Shannon said they ‘devoted special attention’ to trade and prosperity agenda, security in the Indian Ocean region, combating transnational terrorist groups, their approach to North Korea’s ‘dangerous and provocative’ conduct and the Rohingya crisis.
“This annual dialogue is an important opportunity to discuss our cooperation on global and regional matters of concern to both of our countries,” he told a joint briefing at State Guesthouse Padma.
He said this dialogue demonstrates that the United States and Bangladesh collaborate on many important issues and share a long history of cooperation and a vision for a tolerant, democratic Bangladesh that serves as a bridge for commerce between South and Southeast Asia.
“Bangladesh is an anchor for stability and prosperity in the region, and we appreciate the government’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” Shannon said.