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Partnership Dialogue with U.S. Under Secretary of State today

Staff Correspondent
National
Partnership Dialogue with U.S.
The 8th Partnership Dialogue on Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and the United States.

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen and US State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will chair the meeting at the State Guest House Padma this morning.

Earlier, Victoria Nuland arrived in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon to join the dialogue.

Nuland first came to Dhaka as part of a trilateral tour of India, Sri Lanka, and South Asia.

Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen welcomed Nuland at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5:10 pm yesterday. An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this matter.

Today, after the 90-minute 'Partnership Dialogue', the Secretary of State and the US Under Secretary of State will attend a joint briefing at the State Guest House to announce the outcome of their discussions.

After that, the US Under Secretary of State will attend a conversation meeting with Abdul Momen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting will focus on trade and investment, labor, human rights and governance, global threats including climate change, regional issues, and security cooperation, including a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

This round of partnership dialogue is gaining momentum as the United States imposes sanctions on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and several of its senior officers on December 10, 2021.

A Foreign Ministry official who spoke on the sidelines of the Partnership Dialogue told that the dialogue would highlight the blockade of the RAB and highlight the success of the law enforcement unit in curbing terrorism and drug trafficking.

The official said that whenever allegations of human rights violations were made against some members of the RAB, Dhaka would present evidence at the meeting to take action against them.

On the issue of sanctions, a US diplomat stationed in Dhaka said that human rights would be one of the key issues during the dialogue.

According to US officials, the US Embassy in Dhaka, the State Department in Washington DC, and Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry have worked together to set the agenda for the dialogue.

The 7th Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue was held in 2019. The United States then promised to provide additional security assistance to Bangladesh to enhance maritime domain awareness, piracy, and regional security coordination in the Bay of Bengal.
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