State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Sunday said Bangladesh will continuously urge the US Administration to send back Bangabandhu’s killer Rashed Chowdhury to execute the court verdict.
“We expect the US Administration and a democratic country like the US will not give shelter to a killer or promote a killer,” he told reporters mentioning that Bangladesh-US relations deepened and broadened over the last ten years.
Shahriar said Bangladesh had the expectation to the US government in the past and it will continue to be an expectation in a greater way on Rashed Chowdhury’s repatriation.
During US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun’s visit to Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said self-confessed killer Rashed is residing in the USA and the US should not be the home for murderers.
Biegun assured Bangladesh of extending cooperation in repatriating Rashed Chowdhury, the killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
State Minister Shahriar Alam also raised the issue with the US Deputy Secretary of State during their meeting and sought support from the United States in repatriating killer Rashed Chowdhury.
Talking to reporters on Sunday, the State Minister said the two key parties of the US were in power in the last ten years and the Bangladesh government remained engaged with both the Administrations.
“There’ll be scope to work deeply with the US on some common grounds (in taking forward the relations),” he said mentioning issues like migration, climate change, trade and investment.
The State Minister said there was no such advantage for Bangladesh in the TICFA but hoped to see no discrimination in the world market for Bangladeshi products.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already congratulated US President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-Elect Kamala D. Harris saying she foresees the relationship reaching higher heights in the coming days.
“Indeed, I look forward to working closely with you in attaining those ideals as well as in effectively confronting the evils of terrorism, violent extremism, hatred, forced displacements as of the Rohingyas, and for the realization of a safer and a better world,” the Prime Minister wrote in her message to Biden.
Hasina extended a very warm invitation to Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Douglass Emhoff to visit and experience Bangladesh and its overall progress achieved by its own efforts, the strength of its people, and the support of its good friends like the USA.
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News source: UNB News