Farooq Sobhan (great grandson of Nawabzadi Bilquis Banu), former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, yesterday left Dhaka for Washington on a fortnight long visit to USA as Special Envoy of Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed.
A veterans diplomat and President of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, Farooq Sobhan will meet policymakers of the US State Department, Senators, Congressmen and top officials of non-government institutions during his stay in the USA.
He is likely to call on US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington.
Besides, he is scheduled to meet Under Secretary of States Nicholas Burns, Assistant Secretary Richard A Boucher and senior policymakers of the US State Department.
Farooq Sobhan will also meet influential Senator Hilary Clinton and Chairman of the Bangladesh Caucus Congressman Joseph Crowley.
Diplomatic observers in Dhaka are attaching importance to Farooq Sobhan’s diplomatic mission to the USA against the backdrop of the recent global media hypes centring the debate on status of the two former Prime Ministers—Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina—and increasing western pressure for the early elections.