Momen calls on US to invest in Bangladesh's economy
Washington, April 7: Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen has called on the United States to invest in Bangladesh's economy.
A day after his talks with US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Congressman Steve Chabot, Momen told reporters on Tuesday night, "Join our maritime economy, work there (in the Bay of Bengal). Later you will be able to observe the Indo-Pacific region from there (Bay of Bengal). Bangladesh and the United States share a common vision for a free, open, connected, prosperous, secure and tolerant Indo-Pacific region."
Momen said, "I have noticed a warm attitude among US lawmakers and administration officials about Bangladesh."
The Foreign Minister said he was very happy with the outcome of his visit. He described the visit as fruitful. Because, he has presented to the United States objective and positive information about Bangladesh. The minister had earlier held bilateral talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on April 4.
Peter Haas, the US ambassador to Bangladesh, had earlier said that the United States wanted to work with Bangladesh and other partners in the Indo-Pacific region to ensure the operation and use of the region's seas and airspace in accordance with international law.
The Foreign Minister is in Washington to attend the celebrations of 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Dhaka and Washington.
In a meeting with US lawmakers, the Foreign Minister demanded the repatriation of Rashed Chowdhury, a convicted murderer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Rashed is now in the United States.
The Foreign Minister also briefed about the democratic process in Bangladesh and the newly constituted Election Commission.
The Secretary of State called for more US investment in Bangladesh, especially in the pharmaceuticals sector, so that the United States could provide more affordable medicines.
"I told them (the US lawmakers) that now is the time for the United States to be more involved in investing in Bangladesh," Momen said.