The United States has said it looks forward to holding of free, fair and participatory elections in Bangladesh ‘no later than December this year’ as promised by the caretaker government.
The US also hoped that due legal process would be maintained in the trials of the persons facing corruption charges, including the two former prime ministers, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, and that their fundamental rights would be protected.
The US charge d’ affaires, Geeta Pasi, said her government expected that the political parties would also play their due role in the process for holding the elections hoping that the proposed dialogues between the government and the political parties would be a step forward to establishing proper conditions for the polls.
The US diplomat came up with the views after holding separate meetings with the acting Awami League president, Zillur Rahman, and the acting chairperson of the government-backed faction of the BNP, M Saifur Rahman on Sunday.
Awami League presidium members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Abdur Razzak, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury and Suranjit Sengupta attended the meeting with Pasi at Zillur’s residence.
BNP leaders Hafizuddin Ahmed, Osman Faruk and Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf were present at the meeting at Saifur’s house.