M Mushfiqul Fazal, State Department Correspondent
The United States has reiterated its desire to see a free and fair election in Bangladesh, noting that the world is looking to Bangladesh for the next election.
“Of course, we are looking…the world is looking to Bangladesh for its next elections to make sure that they set up strong example of free and fair election for the region and world,” said US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken during his meeting with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen in the Washington on Monday.
Appreciating Bangladesh’s engagement with the US, Blinken said they are committed to work together to find ways to further "strengthen and deepen" the robust relationship.
He said the US deeply appreciates Bangladesh's remarkable generosity in hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister Momen said, “Bangladesh and the US has multifaceted, dynamic, and wide-ranging relationship. And over the last 50 years we have done really well, and we look forward to future 50 years.”
Momen said he handed over a letter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Secretary Blinken addressed to US President Joe Biden.
“We are proud of the partnership,” he said, adding that he is here to strengthen and solidify the relationship.
Momen has said Bangladesh wants to improve its ties with the United States with a stronger trade relationship in the next 50 years.
“Bangladesh has a multifaceted, dynamic and wide ranging relationship with the US. Over the last 50 years we have done very well. We look forward to the next 50 years,” he said.