Kerry-Khaleda meet focuses on peaceful opposition space: US

Kerry-Khaleda meet focuses on peaceful opposition space: US

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Dhaka: US Secretary of State John Kerry during his meeting with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia focused on a multi-party system with space for peaceful political opposition and united efforts of all segments of Bangladesh people to face its current threats, says the US State Department.
In a statement, Deputy Spokesperson at the US Department of State Mark Toner said Kerry met Khaleda to discuss the political and security environments in Bangladesh. UNB News Agency Reported.
“The Secretary emphasized the importance of having a multi-party system with space for peaceful political opposition as key components of a secure, pluralistic democracy,” he added.
Toner also said Kerry also underscored the usefulness of a unified effort, involving all segments of Bangladeshi society, for countering the threats facing the country.
Earlier, the Secretary of State had around a 35-minute meeting with Khaleda at the US Embassy here in the afternoon, before wrapping up his hectic around nine-hour tour to Bangladesh.
After the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the current state of Bangladesh’s democracy, press freedom, human rights, the rule of law and country’s current crisis over militancy and terrorism were discussed extensively at the meeting.
“There has been a detailed discussion on the next election at the meeting.”
He said Kerry told them that the US is eager to work with Bangladesh with a friendly manner to restore democracy and people’s rights and the rule of law in the country. “They (US) as well as we are hopeful that democracy will be restored and the economic development will be ensured in Bangladesh with the help of the US.”

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