In a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, US President Joe Biden expressed confidence that the partnership between Washington and Dhaka would be further enhanced in the next 50 years.
“I firmly believe that our partnership will continue to grow for the next 50 years and beyond,” he said in a letter to mark the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between the United States and Bangladesh.
The US President said that Bangladesh’s workforce, fertile brain and innovation serve as a model to the rest of the world in rebuilding the country after the 1971 war and in the current economic growth and development.
“We are proud of our partnership in development, economic growth and the fight against terrorism,” Biden said.
He added that the two countries are working together to tackle the climate crisis, help save the lives of the Rohingya from genocide and support global peace.
He said Bangladeshi citizens and Americans share the same ideals of democracy, equality and respect for human rights. These are the foundations of a good, secure and prosperous society.
Biden said the two countries have been involved in education and trade since 1958. At that time Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman participated in a 30-day exchange program organized in the United States.
“Our defense relationship is at its strongest ever,” Biden said.
He added that Bangladesh Coast Guard and Navy are valuable partners in ensuring free movement and independence in the Indo-Pacific region. They are contributing to regional efforts to stop human and illicit drug trafficking.
Biden said the United States and Bangladesh work together to combat the epidemic Covid-19, and that Washington provides Dhaka with more than 61 million vaccine doses and more than 131 million in financial assistance.