Monday, April 09, 2012
Bangladesh to review defence ties with United States
and the United States will
review the existing bilateral defense co-operation next week in the capital Dhaka.
foreign minister Dipu Moni said on Sunday that she will take the opportunity to
review the cooperation during the security dialogue scheduled on April 19. She
also asserted that there is no plan to allow Bangladesh U.S.
military base in ,
nor any other foreign country. Bangladesh
Sherman had said U.S.
Assistant Secretary for political and military affairs Andrew J. Shapiro will
be in Dhaka for the dialogue.
The foreign minister also said there was no proposal from the
regarding the establishment of a base in or in it’s off shore
In early March, the American ambassador Dan W. Mozena rejected news reports and reiterated that there was no permanent presence of U.S. Special Forces in
but on different occasion’s small teams routinely visits to conduct training. Bangladesh
has multifaceted co-operation with the , including co-operation to
fight against terrorism and militancy. U.S.
Responding to reporters query, whether the dialogue would lead to increase presence of the U.S. army or its base in the Bay of Bengal, the minister said that Bangladesh-U.S. security dialogue is a routine activity and the government held such meetings with many other countries too.
The minister added: “There is no presence of the
U.S. military here, barring six or seven
military men who are here for the training purpose.” U.S.
Last week U.S. Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman disclosed to reporters that the
will hold a dialogue on security challenges that the two countries face in this
region and throughout the world. Bangladesh
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