US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper phones Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke with Bangladesh Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hasina over the phone on Friday.

During the call, Secretary Esper commended the Prime Minister for Bangladesh’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent goodwill missions to its neighbors, according to a press statement issued by the US Department of Defense.

The two leaders discussed their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that ensures the sovereignty of all nations, and specific bilateral defense priorities including maritime and regional security, global peacekeeping, and initiatives to modernize Bangladesh’s military capabilities.
Both leaders expressed their commitment to continue building closer bilateral defense relations in support of shared values and interests.

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