The government is willing to engage in dialogue to continue the democratic process. But there is a question about with whom the dialogue will be held, said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.
He said this to reporters on Tuesday regarding the request of the United States government to sit in an unconditional dialogue.
The foreign minister said, if any of our friendly countries give advice, we take it seriously. We review it. If we think it is good for the country, we consider it.
He said that the suggestion will not happen, it should also be seen whether it is practical for the country.
The Prime Minister said, if Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden hold a dialogue, then we also agree. No objection to dialogue. But we have questions about who to dialogue with.
The United States wants unconditional dialogue with the main political parties Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party to ensure free, fair and participatory elections. And for that purpose, the country’s assistant foreign minister for South and Central Asia, Donald Lu, has written to three political parties.
The letter was delivered to the Jatiya Party on Monday by the US ambassador in Dhaka, Peter Haas. That letter has also been given to BNP.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas delivered the letter to Jatiya Party on Monday. Afterwards, the US Embassy said in a statement, Ambassador Haas requested a meeting with senior leaders of the three major political parties to highlight the US position on the upcoming elections.
The statement said the United States seeks free and fair elections through peaceful means and calls on all parties to refrain from violence and exercise restraint. The United States does not favor one political party over another. The United States calls on all parties to engage in dialogue without preconditions.
Meanwhile, when asked how the Ministry of External Affairs views the discussion regarding Bangladesh in the meeting between the Foreign and Defense Ministers of India and the United States, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said, We believe that India is the largest democratic country in the world and they are very mature, the government is very mature. We do not disagree with what they say.
When asked about the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk’s letter on sending BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia abroad, he said, he asked him whether his country sends a convicted criminal abroad or not.