Resolution raised in Congress on 50th anniversary of Bangladesh-US diplomatic relations
Dhaka, May 7: On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Bangladesh-US diplomatic relations, the US Congress has raised a bipartisan resolution. According to a press release received in Dhaka on Thursday, Brian Higgins, a Democratic congressman from New York, presented the proposal to Congress, which was co-sponsored by Amata Coleman Radewagen, a Republican congresswoman from American Samoa. The proposal has been sent to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
It noted that the United States and Bangladesh maintain a prosperous and multifaceted relationship, focusing on cooperation in various areas, including economic, security, governance and development, to advance the shared vision of a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and secure Indo-Pacific region.
The resolution mentions the recognition of independent Bangladesh by the United States on April 4, 1972 and the subsequent letter sent by the then Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to President Nixon on April 9, 1972.
It acknowledged the joint efforts of Bangladesh and the United States in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the contribution of the two countries in assisting the Rohingya fleeing the genocide in Myanmar.
The congressional resolution cited Senator Edward Kennedy's role in supporting Bangladesh's independence in 1971 and President Bill Clinton's visit to Bangladesh in 2000 as the first US president.
President Joe Biden's commitment in 2021 to contribute to climate assistance in Bangladesh is also mentioned in the resolution.
The Embassy of Bangladesh in the United States welcomes the proposal of the US Congress on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Bangladesh-US diplomatic relations.