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FM-Kerry meet in US Thursday
Published : Tuesday, 17 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 37

Diplomatic Correspondent
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali will hold official parleys with the United States Secretary of State John F Kerry in the US capital Washington DC on Thursday.
Mahmood Ali is going to the USA on Tuesday on his first official visit since he assumed office last year.
During his stay in Washington he will lead a three-member delegation to the Ministerial component of the "White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit" to be held on February 18-19 at the US State Department in Washington.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque will accompany the Foreign Minister to both the Ministerial Summit and the bilateral meeting.
The summit would host UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, ministers and high officials from more than fifty countries, and private sector and civil society representatives.
The main objective of the summit is to share ideas and experiences among cross sections of actors around the globe towards developing a shared understanding on countering violent extremism.
The Foreign Minister will have a bilateral meeting with his US counterpart John Kerry in Washington on the sidelines of a White House-sponsored summit, the foreign ministry said.
Dhaka was also keen to have a one-to-one meeting on the sidelines since it was the first visit of the foreign minister after he assumed office last year following the 10th Parliamentary elections.
The entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues is expected to be discussed during the meeting.
The US-Bangladesh relations took a new turn since 2009 when the Awami League came to power for a second time after end of military rule in 1990.
There have been irritants in the relations particularly over the government's steps to reform Grameen Bank, and later holding the 10th Parliamentary elections on January 5 last year amid BNP boycott.
But at the same time, the US-Bangladesh partnership was institutionalised with the holding of regular dialogues during that time. Last US ambassador Dan Mozena termed  US-Bangladesh partnership "bigger than any individuals" during his farewell press briefing in December last year.

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