Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in Bangladesh

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 6, 2012
Secretary Clinton and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Moni Pose for a Photo

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On May 5, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Bangladesh to meet with senior Government of Bangladesh officials and civil society representatives to review robust U.S.-Bangladesh cooperation across the full range of political, economic, and security matters. In a joint press conference with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Secretary Clinton said, "Today, we are working together to help solve some of Bangladesh's most pressing challenges, from disaster response to healthcare, from food security to climate change. Bangladesh represents one of the largest development assistance commitments that the Obama Administration has made."

To deepen the U.S.-Bangladesh partnership, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Moni signed a memorandum to create the U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue. In a joint statement, Secretary Clinton and her counterpart, Foreign Minister Moni, said:

"We believe that a strong partnership between Bangladesh and the United States, working together to further mutual peace, security and development, is in the interests of the people of Bangladesh, the United States and the world. As we look to the challenges of the 21st century, our shared interests and values, including respect for human rights and the rule of law, should guide our collective engagement on addressing the challenges of our time.

"Leveraging the values of tolerance, respect for human rights, inclusion and resilience of Bangladesh society, including a robust civil society, we intend our broader collaboration to be anchored in a strong bilateral development partnership focused on joint development priorities, including food security, maternal and child health, family planning, climate change, strengthening democracy, youth and women's empowerment, among others."

On May 6, Secretary Clinton held a townterview with Bangladeshi youth, hosted by ATN and moderated by Ms. Mooni Saha and Mr. Ejaj Ahmed. Secretary Clinton said, "The United States is investing significant sums of money in Bangladesh. And one of the reporters said, well, why are you doing that? We're investing in helping in helping you improve agricultural production through our Feed the Future program. We're investing in helping you build health systems through our Global Health Initiative. We're investing in technology and other approaches to mitigating climate change. We're working with various groups within Bangladesh on economic projects and other things.

"So why do we do that? Well, we do believe that spreading democracy is good for the world. We believe that. Now sometimes the decisions democracies make are not ones that you or I would make, but we think, over the long run, having people empowered, given their rights, is the best form of government that has been invented. It certainly beats all the others. And so we think a strong democracy here that is able to realize the aspirations of your people is not only good for you, but it's good for the kind of world we would like to see. And that's our hope."

You can read the Secretary's complete remarks from the townterview here, and find out more about Feed the Future in Bangladesh here.



Nevada, USA
May 7, 2012

John in Nevada writes:

Its always great to see women with power visiting developing countries, where females are usually oppressed and discriminated. Such visits are deeply inspiring!

May 8, 2012

Habib in Bangladesh writes:

thanx to Hillary . we are looking forward a good future.

West Virginia, USA
May 8, 2012

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Hillary looks good in her glasses

Probir B.
June 2, 2012

Probir B. in Bangladesh writes:

It's good to have a cordial relationship with everyone in this world of open-market economy but strategic relation between two imbalanced countries seems to have ill-intention--at least for the smaller or weaker one. Hence, we can hear that the US eyes its next Navy base near Chittagong port. We can't ignore the news report run by Indian media since the US is active in the Bay and maintaining an active and significant relation with Bangladesh and has a important role in its internal politics and business too.

Would you please answer: "why won't you install your seventh fleet in the Bay? and where will you actually set it up?"

Ariful I.
August 31, 2012

Ariful in Bangladesh writes:

Really great news. Thanks for shearing.


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