Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 17, 2013


Secretary of State Kerry and Bangladeshi Minister of Foreign Affairs Dipu Moni met today at the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary highlighted the strong cooperation between our two countries on a broad range of issues and welcomed the second annual Partnership Dialogue that will take place in Dhaka next week, including a Private Sector Forum to further enhance our strong bilateral trade relationship with Bangladesh.

Secretary Kerry expressed our condolences for the tragedy at Rana Plaza and urged rapid progress both on fire and building safety inspection issues and on quick passage of labor law amendments. He also noted the importance of the war crimes trials in the International Crimes Tribunal being conducted in a fair, transparent manner in accordance with international standards.



PRN: 2013/0602