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US Official: Policy Towards Bangladesh To Remain Unchanged - 2004-11-10


A senior U.S. official says the Bush administration will not change its policies towards Bangladesh during President Bush's second term.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Torkel Patterson made the remark today (Tuesday) in Dhaka during talks with Bangladeshi Commerce Minister Althaf Hossain Chowdhury.

Mr. Patterson began his five-day visit to Bangladesh on Monday. Shortly after his arrival, he told reporters the two countries should find ways to increase bilateral economic activity.

The U.S. official pointed to what he called success stories such as U.S.-Bangladeshi cooperation in fighting human trafficking in recent years.

He also said he hopes to see the southeastern port city of Chittagong develop into, in his words, a world-class modern port.

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