DHAKA, June 2: The government today termed as "baseless, unfounded and clearly fabricated" an Indian media report on the possible parking of the United States 7th fleet in its coastline.
"The government wishes to state in categorical terms that such reports are baseless and unfounded, and that the assumptions and suggestions contained in the report are clearly fabricated," a press note issued by the foreign ministry said here this afternoon a day after The Times of India carried the report in its online version.
It added: "The Government wishes further to state in unequivocal terms that there has been no such discussion at any level between Bangladesh and the USA, including during the recent visit of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."
The online version of Times of India, Times Now, ran an investigative report titled "U.S. eyes Bangladesh" on May 31 saying Washington wants to use Chittagong port to park a large part of its Seventh Fleet.
The report was followed by a debate organised by the TV channel styled "America eyes Bay of Bengal ".
It suggested the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent visit to Bangladesh "was much more than a friendly gesture" and she discussed military co-operation with Bangladeshi officials last month.
But the foreign office statement said the recently signed Joint Declaration on Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue reflected "the multifaceted partnership between the two countries and provides an institutional mechanism of dialogue on an annual basis on all issues of mutual interest".
It said both Dhaka and Washington were committed to such institutional dialogue in furthering substantive co-operation and consultation.
"The Government also wishes to underscore its commitment to furthering co-operation, peace and stability in the region and in the world. Bangladesh's role in global peacekeeping and its pioneering role in engendering institutionalized regional co- operation in South Asia is well recognised, as also her credentials as an active, responsible and contributing member of the international community," the statement said.
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