US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia affairs, John Gastright expressed the Bush Administration's full support to Bangladesh's military-backed interim government to implement its ongoing political reforms and the roadmap to democracy during his two-day visit to Bangladesh.
He told a group of editors in Dhaka that he emphasized the US desire to build a strong bilateral relationship in the months remaining before the interim administration. He termed the present relationship between the two countries as "excellent" at this moment.
He also said that he appreciated the government's measures to relax the ban on politics.
He said that the US government welcomes the relaxation of the ban on internal politics as an important step along the road towards restoration of full democracy, and looks forward to further progress in this regard in the near future.
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