Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanded landing rights for the country's national carrier at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport as a condition for a Boeing deal, newly released diplomatic cables show.
The cables, obtained by the New York Times from the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, document several incidents in which diplomats were involved in haggling over the billion-dollar deals seen as key to US economic growth.
"If there is no New York route, what is the point of buying Boeing," she was quoted as saying in a November 2009 cable.
The deal went through, but so far Biman Bangladesh Airlines has not been given the landing rights.
source: Daily Star
India was concerned over the jailing of Bangladeshi leaders Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia by a caretaker government that ruled during 2007-08, reveals a US cable put out by WikiLeaks. A meeting held in New Delhi between an official in India foreign ministry official and British and American diplomats expressed reservations about the development.
British government officials have made moves towards influencing Islamic education in Bangladesh as part of regional counter-terrorism strategies.
A leaked diplomatic cable, released on WikiLeaks, has revealed how the Department for International Development (DFID) has been working with the US to change the curriculum of thousands of madrasas as a "common counter-terrorism goal".
In one cable discussing British and American counter-terrorism tactics for Bangladesh, the US ambassador to Dhaka, James Moriarty, notes how their plans involved asking the country's prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, to develop and implement a standardised curriculum for unregulated Islamic madrassah schools.
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