US Desires To 'Rebuild Trust' With Bangladesh: Salman F Rahman

(From Left) PM's Private Industry And Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman And State Minister For Information And Broadcasting Mohammad Ali Arafat. Photo: Collected

(From Left) PM's Private Industry And Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman And State Minister For Information And Broadcasting Mohammad Ali Arafat. Photo: Collected

PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman on Tuesday after meeting with Donald Lu said that the United States expressed their willingness to expand the existing relations with Bangladesh. Also he added this time that the US wants to “rebuild the trust” with Bangladesh with concluding the “misunderstanding” with the Sheikh Hasina administration over the last general election.

"We both agreed that our relationship should be better than what it was prior to the elections. There might have been misunderstandings earlier."

Salman F Rahman informed this at a media briefing after the dinner. State minister for information and broadcasting Mohammad A. Arafat was also present at the briefing.

Salman F. Rahman further said they discussed also regarding the dollar-crisis situation of Bangladesh is going through. They said, “The US companies that are doing business have complained that releasing their money is being delayed. They also said that we understand that there is a pressure on Bangladesh’s reserves.”

They keened to know how long it would take Bangladesh to pay this amount.

The prime minister’s private industry and investment adviser said, “We are optimistic that Bangladesh’s reserves will increase. And our exports and remittances will also increase. We have informed the Americans that although we are facing some problems in paying, it is being delayed a little, our releasing of money is continuing. We have not stopped the disbursements.”

Speaking about the discussion on Palestine, Salman F Rahman said that he informed them that the Bangladesh prime minister is very concerned regarding the Palestine issue. In reply US said that just like Bangladesh, the US also wants a permanent ceasefire over there. They hinted that the crisis is going towards resolution but they did not elaborate that.

Rahman said there were some reservations in the run-up to the elections, and even afterwards, but when US President Joe Biden wrote to the PM, it was understood that they have accepted the elections.

Rahman said also they did not talk about visa restrictions last night but "there are no visa restrictions now".

Speaking about the US’ priority, the adviser to the prime minister said that the US will have no objection if the labour policy and law are made in accordance with the roadmap that Bangladesh prepared with the assistance of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Speaking about the sanctions on several Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials, Salman F Rahman said they raised the issues of RAB and deportation of Rashed Chowdhury, one of the killers of Bangabandhu. They said the two issues are currently under consideration in the justice department.

During his previous visit to Dhaka, Donald Lu said that RAB has improved. As a result, their state department was cooperating in this regard and informed the justice department that RAB had improved.

Salman F Rahman hosted the dinner in honour of visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu and his delegation.

State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mohammad Ali Arafat said there was no discussion on BNP, opposition, democracy, human rights, politics and elections.

"It was an informal and casual discussion," he told reporters.

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