May 25, 2024, 1:43 pm

Diplomatic correspondent

2024-05-14 18:14:47 BdST

Donald Lu arrives in Dhaka

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday morning on a two-day visit to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

His visit will demonstrate US support for a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

During his visit, he will meet with different government officials and civil society leaders to discuss US-Bangladesh cooperation, including addressing the climate crisis and deepening economic ties.

Lu is here as part of his tri-nation tour of the region. He earlier visited India and Sri Lanka.

This is also his first visit to Bangladesh after Awami League won the January 7 elections to form government for the third straight term.

"He is there to strengthen bilateral cooperation with each country and to demonstrate U.S. support for a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region," Patel said.

PM's adviser Salman F Rahman will host a dinner in honour of Donald Lu and his delegation at his residence today,  said a senior official.

Lu will have a bilateral meeting with Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and a courtesy meeting with Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud during his three-day stay.

He was received at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by Khandker Masudul Alam, director general (North America) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

US Ambassador in Dhaka Peter Haas was also present.

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