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US values its ties with Bangladesh

The United States has said it expects that the government of Bangladesh will take all necessary actions to maintain the safety and security of all foreign missions and personnel in the country, including those from the US.

"The United States values its relationship with Bangladesh," US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at a regular briefing on Thursday.

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He, however, said he is not going to discuss specific details around security at the US embassy or the personnel that work in Bangladesh.

"I will say that, of course, the safety and security of our diplomatic personnel is of the utmost importance to us. And as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, every host country must uphold its obligations to ensure the protection of all diplomatic mission premises and take all diplomatic steps to prevent any attack on personnel," Miller said while responding to a question.

Asked about the US Embassy's remarks on visa restrictions on media, Miller said, "I'm not going to announce specific steps or preview steps that we might take from the podium."

The spokesperson said steps have been taken to impose restrictions under the secretary's authority against members of law enforcement, the ruling party, and the political opposition who we believe to be responsible for or complicit in undermining free and fair elections in Bangladesh.

"And as we made clear when we announced this policy on May 24th - that's when we announced the policy, not the imposition of sanctions on specific individuals - but when we announced that policy, that it could be applied to any Bangladeshi individual who we believe was responsible for or complicit in undermining the democratic process," Miller said.

"So, we retain the option to impose sanctions on other individuals if and when we believe it's appropriate," he added.