The US Ambassador in Bangladesh , Mary Ann Peters said that Bangladesh took a very balanced stand on Iraq war. Although Bangladesh did not support the War ,the US believes that every country has got its own reason behind the decisions it takes.
In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service , the ambassador said that even the Islamist parties in Bangladesh know that Saddam Hussein's activities were not Islamic. The others also know that Saddam was an oppressor. She said that the sufferings of the Iraqi people is not due to the War but due to what Saddam has done to them over the ages. Asked about the future possible role of Bangladesh in the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, US ambassador said that it is upto Bangladesh to decide.
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