Uzra Zeya Arrives in Dhaka to Discuss Polls, Humanitarian Issues

Dhaka, Bangladesh (July 11, 2023) – The US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya, arrived in Dhaka for a four-day visit on Tuesday.

Zeya is anticipated to meet with prominent Bangladeshi officials to discuss a variety of topics, including the forthcoming general elections, the Rohingya refugee crisis, and human rights.

The US Embassy in Dhaka announced in a statement that Zeya would “discuss shared humanitarian concerns, including free and fair elections, the Rohingya crisis, labor issues, human rights, and the rule of law.”

Zeya is also anticipated to travel to Cox’s Bazar, where the majority of Rohingya refugees currently reside.

Bangladesh is currently preparing for its next general elections, which are scheduled to take place in December 2023.

During Zeya’s visit, the Rohingya crisis is likely to be discussed as well. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group that has fled Myanmar for decades due to persecution.

The United States has been a staunch supporter of the Rohingya, and it is anticipated that Zeya will reaffirm US support for Rohingya refugees during her visit.

The United States and Bangladesh view Zeya’s visit as an opportunity to strengthen their relationship. There is a lengthy history of cooperation between the two countries, and Zeya is expected to discuss ways to deepen that cooperation.

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