US Defence Secretary Esper assures Hasina of support for Rohingya solution

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper called Sheikh Hasina over phone to reassure Bangladesh of continuous support for a peaceful resolution to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Esper praised Bangladesh and thanked the prime minister for showing kindness to the refugees during the conversation on Friday evening, her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.

Hasina and Esper also talked about defence cooperation and agreed to continue high-level dialogues and discussions to expand the cooperation.

They thanked each other for the support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hasina expressed her condolences over the deaths from the disease in the US.

They hoped the two countries will continue working closely to tackle the crisis.

Hasina asked for Esper’s support to bring back Rashed Chowdhury, a Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case convict who is staying in the US now.

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Karim said Esper assured her of support on the issue.