Dr Dipu Moni, the Foreign
Minister of Bangladesh visited the
Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Friday to pay homage to late Senator Edward
Kennedy. She placed a floral bouquet at the late Senator’s grave and observed a
minute of silence at the graveyard. Senator Kennedy had been a strong supporter
of Bangladesh’s independence. He passed away last month after a prolonged fight
with cancer. Bangladesh Ambassador to USA was present on the occasion.
Prior to this when the World Bank Vice President for South Asia
region Ms. Isabel Guerrero called on Dr Dipu Moniin Washington, DC, the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister said that
the Government of Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina is working to make Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021. In this
task, the government sought cooperation from all concerned including the World
Bank. Issues pertaining to connectivity particularly the rail and railway,
energy sector cooperation, cooperation in water sector, development of
infrastructure, trade involving the South Asia countries and in that context
investment by the World Bank etc. featured in the discussions. The Foreign
Minister of Bangladesh also highlighted the importance of capacity building
especially in the area of data information. Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA
Mr. Akramul Qader, Director General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mohammed
Ali Sorcar and officials of the World Bank were present at the meeting.
The Foreign Minister also
exchanged views with the local Bangladeshi press in Washington, DC.