Biden reminds Bangladesh of people’s deep value on free and fair polls

Biden reminds Bangladesh of people’s deep value on free and fair polls

As Bangladesh approaches its next election, the United States president Joe Biden said that he was reminded of the deep value both the nations’ people place on ‘democracy, equality, respect for human rights, and free and fair elections.’

“On behalf of the United States, I wish you (Sheikh Hasina) and the people of Bangladesh a happy Independence Day. The Bangladeshi people understand deeply the value of freedom and independence as they fought courageously in 1971 to choose their own fate and to speak their own language,” he US President wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The US Embassy in Dhaka on Monday shared the letter where Biden said during the over 50 years of diplomatic relations, the United States and Bangladesh have achieved a lot together.

Biden wrote the past half a century of bilateral ties yielded advancing economic development, strengthening people-to-people ties, addressing global health and climate issues, partnering on the humanitarian response to Rohingya refugees, and committing to a prosperous, secure, democratic, and independent Bangladesh.

“We share a commitment to finding long-term solutions to the Rohingya refugee crisis and holding perpetrators of atrocities accountable,” said Biden.

He applauded Bangladesh’s demonstrated commitment to protecting the most vulnerable as the largest contributor to peacekeeping operations.

“We thank Bangladesh for co-hosting the Global Action Plan ministerial that significantly elevated the political commitment to end the global pandemic,” Biden added.