Bnp leaders meet US state department official

Bnp leaders meet US state department official

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Dhaka- BNP leaders Monday had a breakfast meeting with the visiting principal deputy assistant secretary of US state department for South and Central Asian Affairs at the residence of US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat.
The participating BNP leaders told reporters that it was a curtsey meeting but they did not elaborate what they discussed during the meeting began at 8:00am lasted for about two hours.The meeting was a courtesy call made to the visiting US Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs William E Todd, said BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, who led the party delegation.
The other members of the delegation include standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, BNP chairperson’s advisers-Reaz Rahman, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Enam Ahmed Chowdhury and Sabih Uddin Ahmed.
When contacted, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told The Independent that he was not aware of discussion that took place in the meeting since he was not present there.
He however said that so far he know some of the party leaders were invited to talk on particularly on human rights issues in Bangladesh.
Nazrul Islam Khan said among others issues, latest development in political arena also came up for discussion and he declined to make any further comment.
Asked to comment on the meeting, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said he was not supposed to make any remark.
According to a press release issued by American Centre, Todd was scheduled to meet the government officials of Bangladesh to discuss bilateral issues, the current security situation and regional integration.
Todd is to follow up on the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal last week, the press release read.
Todd had served as the US Ambassador to Cambodia, where he focused on the advancement of democracy, human rights, regional stability, counterterrorism, trade and investment. – Saff Reporter

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