U.S. and Bangladeshi leaders have pledged to strengthen ties on trade, counter-terrorism, and climate change.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in Washington Wednesday.
Clinton told reporters the United States is ready to work with Bangladesh to enhance economic opportunity in the South Asian country.
Clinton also praised Bangladesh's efforts to empower women, including improving access to education for girls.
The two leaders discussed the possibility of a bilateral trade agreement during their meeting. Moni also requested duty-free and quota-free access for Bangladeshi products in the U.S. market.
The Bangladeshi foreign minister says her government would like U.S. support to help elevate Bangladesh to middle income status by the year 2021, marking 50 years of Bangladesh's independence.
Moni also called on the U.S. to do more to alleviate the adverse impact of climate change on "vulnerable" countries such as Bangladesh.
Iqbal Bahar Choudhury has more on Bangladesh foreign ministers' trip to Washington