Mozena, Pankaj meet fuels speculations about their roles

Mozena, Pankaj meet fuels speculations about their roles

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A meeting of US ambassador Dan W Mozena with Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran at latter’s residence on Tuesday night fuelled speculations that the world’s lone Super-power wanted to take India into confidence and help a process of dialogue to start in Bangladesh to end the lingering political stalemate.

US Ambassador Dan Mozena and India High Commissioner Pankaj Saran yesterday discussed Bangladesh’s present political challenges and the dialogue process that has begun between the two major political parties, says a report. Sources at the two embassies however termed the meeting a regular and set one.
But since it took place against the backdrop of proposals from the prime minister and the leader of the opposition for finding a solution to the political impasse, political observers considered the meet significant.
But Bangladesh’s political situation, upcoming election, proposals for election-time government and offer of dialogue on the issues figured prominently at the meeting, the report said quoting sources.
Mozena and Pankaj hoped for a political dialogue between the two major parties to resolve the issues of election-time government and free, fair, transparent, credible and inclusive polls, the official added.
The US ambassador was quoted to have said they discussed Bangladesh-India cooperation.
Talking to journalists after singing a counter-terrorism deal at the home ministry, Mozena said, “We talked about increasing trade between the two countries… We talked about how US can play role to facilitate expanded trade between Bangladesh and India.”

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