The United States and the United Kingdom have welcomed the chief adviser's announcement of partial lifting of the ban on political activities in Bangladesh as part of a process of full restoration of democracy.
In separate statements yesterday, the US and UK also hailed the caretaker government's announcement of holding the stalled elections earlier than December 2008, if possible, and termed it an important step towards full restoration of civil and political rights.
The US embassy in Dhaka in a statement issued on Monday termed this announcement "an excellent sign of progress on the goals outlined in the election roadmap. We commend the government for taking this positive step to allow political parties to contribute to the reform process. It is now vital that all groups work together to forge the progress through unhindered, constructive dialogue."
Warmly welcoming the chief adviser's speech, the British high commission in Dhaka said it is an important step towards restoration of full democratic process in the country.
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