BD-US partnership dialogue postponed    

The third partnership dialogue between Bangladesh and the US has been postponed due to conflicting schedule.

The dialogue, between Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and his US counterpart Wendy Sherman, was supposed to 0be held in Washington, DC on October 21-22, reports the Dhaka Tribune.

“We are working on finding a new date,” the foreign secretary told the Dhaka Tribune.

bd-us-flag1Shahidul will accompany Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the Asia Europe Meeting to be held from October 16 and 17, and he will attend the Compact Review meeting to be held in Brussels on October 20.

The foreign secretary will also visit the United Arab Emirates along with the prime minister on October 26 and 27.

He was supposed to visit Canada after the partnership dialogue, accepting an invitation a by the Canadian government, but it was deferred as well.

“I will visit Canada when the new date for partnership dialogue is fixed,” he said.

An official at the Foreign Ministry commented that the bilateral visit would create an opportunity for Bangladesh “to engage more with Canada.”

The third partnership dialogue between Bangladesh and the US will be similar to the last two meetings.

The first dialogue was held in Washington in 2012, and the second one in Dhaka last year.

Three broad areas – development and governance, trade and investment, and security – will be discussed in the dialogue, according to another official at the Foreign Ministry.