New Delhi: After spending a day in Dhaka for his first official visit to Bangladesh, the US Secretary of State John Kerry landed here last evening to participate in the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue today.
In Bangladesh, Kerry met with the prime minister Sheikh Hasina and expressed his condolences on recent terrible attacks there. He also discussed growing US-Bangladesh cooperation on a broad range of global and bilateral issues. He also met with the Bangladesh foreign minister to review the partnership between both nations on a broad range of issues, including democracy, development, security, and human rights.
Following their meeting, the US State department spokesperson John Kirby told media persons in Washington that the Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, hosted a lunch with key government officials to focus on growing bilateral partnership and regional security and in countering violent extremism. Kerry also met with American and Bangladeshi embassy staff to thank them for their hard work and to express his condolences on the recent tragic loss of two of their colleagues.
The Secretary also met with former Prime Minister and leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Khaleda Zia.