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US defence secretary calls PM, discusses military cooperation

  • Published at 09:50 pm September 11th, 2020
Dr Mark T Esper-Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and United States Defence Secretary Dr Mark T Esper Focus Bangla | Wikipedia

Hasina, Esper discuss commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, according to US Department of Defence

United States Defence Secretary Dr Mark T Esper called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed many issues including military cooperation.

Prime Minister Hasina is in charge of the country's Defence Ministry.

Esper also appreciated Bangladesh's response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

"Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke with Bangladesh Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hasina over the phone today on September 11, 2020," said a US Department of Defence statement forwarded by the US embassy in Dhaka.

"During the call, Secretary Esper commended the Prime Minister for Bangladesh’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent goodwill missions to its neighbors," it said.

"The two leaders discussed their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that ensures the sovereignty of all nations, and specific bilateral defense priorities including maritime and regional security, global peacekeeping, and initiatives to modernize Bangladesh’s military capabilities," said the statement

"Both leaders expressed their commitment to continue building closer bilateral defense relations in support of shared values and interests," it said.