US, EU urge talks for inclusive polls

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US, EU urge talks for inclusive polls
The US and EU envoys have expressed their deep disappointment at the boycotted January 5 polls and called for immediate talks for holding a free, fair and inclusive election.
US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena today said the international community is highly disappointed by the 10th parliamentary election which did not reflect the desire of Bangladeshi people.
“The election was not credible, which didn’t reflect the aim of Bangladeshi people,” Mozena told journalists after a meeting with top BNP leaders in a city hotel this evening.
The ambassador urged the government to allow the opposition political parties to go to their offices and immediately release the political leaders.
“It’s the obligation of the government to provide spaces and it is also obligation of opposition political parties to use the spaces peacefully,” Mozena said.
EU Ambassador to Bangladesh William Hanna called the political parties to sit for an immediate dialogue to find a way forward for holding an inclusive, transparent election saying that the people of Bangladesh could not get the opportunity to exercise their votes in the 10th general election.
“There should be a reduction of temperature, the talk should go forward and we continue to call both sides to engage in dialogue,” Hanna added.
Earlier in the afternoon, some top BNP leaders sat for a meeting with foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka to apprise them of the country’s latest political development after the controversial January 5 election and formation of the new cabinet.
Ambassadors, high commissioners and diplomats of different countries and international missions including the USA, Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the European Union joined the meeting.
BNP leaders Abdul Moyeen Khan, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Osman Faruq, Reaz Rahman, Sabihuddin Ahmed and journalist Shafique Rehman were present at the meeting.


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