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BANGLADESH PM SHEIKH HASINA GREETS JOE BIDEN

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has congratulated Joe Biden, the 46th president of the US, who took oath of office on Wednesday, especially for his country's return to the Paris Climate Agreement.

"You know that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the president of Climate Vulnerable Forum. We thanked Joe Biden especially," Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told reporters after the handover ceremony of India's vaccine doses as gift at the State Guest House Padma yesterday, reports UNB.

Momen said he was very happy to see Biden as the US president.

In a statement, the foreign ministry later said Bangladesh has welcomed new US President Joe Biden's important announcement on Wednesday to re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement.

"Bangladesh also appreciates President Biden's promise to put the United States on a track to net-zero emissions by 2050 and his call to reestablish the US as global climate leader," it said.

On June 1, 2017, the then US president Donald Trump announced that his country would exit the Paris accord and re-enter only on terms that are "fair to the United States".

Bangladesh, as the current president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Twenty Group (V20), plays a leading role in climate discourses and focuses on the urgent need to strengthen climate action and adaptation efforts by enhancing nationally determined contributions, the ministry said.

It said Bangladesh hopes that US's re-joining the global climate accord and re-prioritisation of climate change issues would encourage other leading emitters to reduce global emissions and to make investment in clean energy.

"On re-entering the Paris Agreement, the US government also acknowledged that the Paris Agreement created an unprecedented framework for global action to avoid planetary warming and to build global resilience."