U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher phoned Prime Minister Sheik
Hasina this morning on behalf of Secretary of State Clinton to express
continued support for the Government of Bangladesh and its people as they
respond to the tragic aftermath of the Bangladesh Rifles mutiny. He lauded the government’s
efforts to assist the survivors, honor those who were killed, and bring those
guilty to justice.
Assistant Secretary Boucher
stressed the importance of national unity during this crucial time and
encouraged all Bangladeshis to work together to overcome with this national
tragedy. He emphasized, in particular, the importance of cooperation between
the government and the opposition to resolve the crisis. Mr. Boucher reiterated
the United States’ willingness to render all possible assistance to the
In addition, Commander United
States Pacific Command Admiral Timothy Keating wrote to Chief of Army Staff
General Moeen Uddin Ahmed, ndc, psc on February 28 to express
condolences for the
loss of life. Ambassador Moriarty spoke with General Moeen on February 28 to
applaud his leadership of the military in support of the new
democratically-elected government at this crucial time.
The flag at the U.S Embassy in
Dhaka is flying half-mast for the three days of mourning in condolence to the
families who have lost loved ones in the violence and the people of Bangladesh.