Effort to reopen Dhaka-NY direct flights continues: US Ambassador

- A Monitor Report 27 Oct, 2019 | 2282 Views|-+
Dhaka: Earl R Miller, US Ambassador to Bangladesh is working with the government to resume direct flights between Dhaka and New York, announced the envoy while addressing a reception at the American Club on October 25.

Previously, the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines used to operate flights on Dhaka-New York route till 2006.

Centre for NRB Foundation with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the reception in honour of the five New York State senators, who are visiting Bangladesh as part of a weeklong familiarisation tour started from October 20.

Ferdousi Shahriar, Director General (Americas) from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, M E Chowdhury Shameem, President and Dilara Afroz Khan Rupa, CEO from Centre for NRB Foundation also spoke on the occasion.

The tour, led by Senator Luis Sepulveda, aims to showcase the ‘remarkable development’ taking place in Bangladesh to the US State senators. The four other State Senators are Leroy Comrie, James Skoufis, Kevin S Parker and John C Liu.

They attended meetings with high-level dignitaries in the country. The senators also visited Sylhet and Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, appreciating the government and the people for providing support and shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas.

Senator Luis also claimed that the Dhaka-New York direct flight needs to be reopened to maximise the business opportunity between the two countries.

“After going back to New York, we’ll encourage our state and federal representatives to open up channels, so that this country (Bangladesh) and our State (New York) benefit from business and relationship,” he said.

The Senator further mentioned that they would meet Vice Chancellors of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) after going back to the US to establish educational exchange programmes with Bangladeshi universities.

He expressed hopes of bringing legislators from New York in Bangladesh in the next one or two years.

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