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Kerry Meets Bangladeshi Counterpart

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States wants to see Bangladesh move forward on improving labor standards after a building collapse that killed hundreds of garment workers.

Kerry met Friday with Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and expressed deep sadness over the Rana Plaza disaster that left more than 1,120 people dead three weeks ago.

The meeting came as Bangladesh reopened hundreds of garment factories, just days after closing them.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association called for them to be reopened.

The closings this week were prompted by worker protests over low pay and poor working conditions sparked by the country's worst industrial accident.

In response to workers' demands, the Bangladeshi government has approved labor law changes, making it easier for workers to form unions. The government also has set up a panel to consider garment worker salary raises.

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