The Bangladesh-United States Partnership Dialogue began on Thursday in Dhaka for further expanding and deepening cooperation on a broad range of bilateral and regional issues.
The two-day fourth annual Partnership Dialogue is a premier forum to advance bilateral relationship and give it a strategic direction. Issues of development and governance, trade and investment, and security cooperation are on the agenda of the dialogue.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque led the home side, while US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman headed the US delegation at the dialogue that began at the state guesthouse Meghna, official sources said.
The Bangladesh delegation comprises representatives from the ministries and divisions of foreign, commerce, energy, home, food and disaster management, economic relations and the armed forces.
Secretary, Maritime Affairs Unit at the Foreign Ministry Rear Admiral (retd) Khurshed Alam, US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal, Director General (Americas) Muhammad Mahfuzur Rahman and senior officials also participated in the meet. Wendy Sherman and Nisha Desai Biswal arrived in Dhaka on Thursday. They are supposed to meet several senior government officials and civil society leaders, officials said.
On Thursday, Wendy Sherman raised during the plenary session of the dialogue Bangladesh's current political situation, especially Tuesday's city corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong.
Earlier the US Department of State stated, "She (Sherman) plans to raise issues relating to political situation with the government and other interlocutors".
The issue of restoring GSP - Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) - is likely to come up for discussion.