Secretary of Defense of the USA (US) Dr Mark T Esper called Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday evening.
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 neighbours, read an official release of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
The two leaders discussed their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that ensures the sovereignty of all nations, as well as specific bilateral defence priorities like maritime and regional security, global peacekeeping and initiatives to modernise Bangladesh's military capabilities.
Both leaders expressed their commitment to continuing to build closer bilateral defence relations in support of shared values and interests.
Meanwhile, the prime minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Secretary Esper told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the US would help Bangladesh in resolving the Rohingya refugee issue peacefully.