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Bangladesh-US Relations will Be Strengthened: Saber Chowdhury

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DHAKA, May 15, 2024 (BSS):

Environment Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury today said the existing relations between Bangladesh and the United States(US) will be enhanced.

“Significant strides were made towards enhancing bilateral relations betweenBangladesh and the United States, particularly in environmental and climaterealms,” he said.

The minister said this while conducting a meeting with US Assistant Secretaryof State Donald Lu at the secretariat here today.

Expressing optimism regarding the future of Bangladesh-US relations, SaberHossain underlined the shared commitment to combating climate change.

The meeting underscored the mutual desire of both the nations to deepen theirpartnership. It convened at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and ClimateChange saw Minister Chowdhury and Assistant Secretary Lu at the forefront ofdiscussions.

A seven-member US delegation, led by US Assistant Secretary Lu, highlightedthe United States’ intention to offer free real-time satellite data for SouthAsia. This data will serve as a vital tool in monitoring the impact ofclimate change, including natural disasters, floods, pollution and rising sealevels.

Bangladesh, in turn, articulated its aspirations for collaboration in variousdomains, including technology transfer, capacity building, smart agriculture,and the advancement of green and climate technologies.

To facilitate these endeavors, both parties agreed to establish a bilateralworking group. Further deliberations will focus on project implementation,with particular attention to ensuring the welfare of marginalizedcommunities, a ministry press release said.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury expressed appreciation for the US’s commitment toaddressing climate change, noting the importance of aligning initiatives withBangladesh’s needs. Emphasizing the significance of cooperative efforts, the discussion centeredon fostering sustainable development and effectively addressing environmentalchallenges.

The United States delegation, comprising prominent figures such as PeterHaas, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh Nathaniel Haft, Chief of Staff, Southand Central Asian Affairs Bureau and other distinguished officials,reiterated their nation’s unwavering dedication to collaborating withBangladesh in combating climate change.

This meeting marked a significant step forward in the ongoing partnershipbetween Bangladesh and the United States, reaffirming their shared commitmentto environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

As both nations continue to work closely together, the prospects forimpactful collaboration in tackling climate change remain promising.

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