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US resets ties with Bangladesh, to seek India’s view on neighbourhood

United Sates Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Beigun visited Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh. Its for the first time a decade that any high ranking official of US visited Dhaka.

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Its first time in a decade that a high ranking official of US has visited Dhaka

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United Sates deputy Secretary of state Stephen Beigun  has told the Indian Government that the United States administration will be consulting the Indian Government more on its neighbouring countries. The conversation happened after Stephen Beigun took a key step towards reevaluating the ties with Bangladesh at a meeting with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday.

US Deputy secretary of State had conversation with Indian Foreign secretary that Washington will seek India’s views on neighborhood

Indian’s foreign secretary Harsh Shringla had a conversation with US Deputy secretary of State Stephen Beigun in the same matter and went over ways to strengthen the QUAD security dialogue and sought India’s views on its neighborhood. During the conversation they discussed about bilateral cooperation on trade, including the development of common standards, a framework for investments, and building supply chains including steps to help the Indian subcontinent response to the Covid-19 pandemic and roadmap to distribute vaccines in the country.

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According to the people familiar with the matter, said that Harsh Shringla briefed US deputy secretary and informed him about the need for US to engage with Muslim-majority country Bangladesh which is doing great and is rising economically under the current Government.

Experts are also saying that the backdrop for the current conversation between US and China is that Bangladesh buy more than 80% of its military requirement from China including artillery guns and ammunition. While the cooperation between the two neighboring countries India and Bangladesh for defense sector is still in progress after India offered $500 million as credit to Bangladesh to buy military hardware during the visit of then Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit in 2018.

 

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