Thursday, 28 Sep, 2023
Thursday, 28 Sep, 2023
The Daily Post

USA wants political settlement

Abdur Rahim

USA wants political settlement
  • In second phase, USA held a meeting with AL’s Salman F Rahman, Anisul Huq and BNP's Mirza Fakhrul. A meeting was also held with GM Quader a day ago
  • People want to know the message of poll’s preparations, conflict-free and political reconciliation. 


Sheikh Hasina will create an environment to bring BNP to the polls. They want Khaleda Zia's release. The government can also be flexible in that regard

- Dilip Barua, General Secretary, Samyabadi Dal


The leading political parties in Bangladesh have traveled more frequently to the US. The leading political parties in the nation are currently the subject of several meetings. Prior to the approaching 12th parliamentary elections, the nation hopes a peaceful election. It has received a visa. Politicians in the nation, however, do not favorably view their interference.

 Diplomatic sources say the US is seeking a political settlement ahead of the election. They want to protect the country from a volatile situation. That message has been sent to the country's top parties. Last week, Awami League and BNP held a meeting with Jatiya Party.

US Ambassador to Dhaka Peter Haas held a meeting with Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, Law Minister Anisul Huq and BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Earlier on Monday, a meeting was also held with Jatiya Party GM Quader. Political sources say BNP wants an interim government. The Awami League wants a national government. There is a debate going on behind the scenes about this. Apart from this, the Jatiya Party has given a different outline. Diplomats have urged the country's political parties to hold conflict-free elections. He has given strict instructions for political compromise.

On May 25, US Ambassador to Dhaka Peter Haas and Awami League Information and Research Affairs Secretary Selim Mahmud and central leader Md. Arafat. BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, international affairs committee member Shama Obaid, Jatiya Party secretary general Mujibul Haque Chunnu and presidium member Major (retd) Rana Mohammad Sohel held a meeting. Such a situation was suddenly heard yesterday. Awami League Advisory Council member Amir Hossain Amu said the government has agreed to hold talks to resolve the election issues in the interest of democracy in the country. The door of dialogue is always open to continue the trend of democracy within the Constitution. There can be any discussion with BNP. If necessary, talks can be held with BNP with the mediation of the UN representative. However, BNP has not shown any interest in such a proposal of Amur. BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said, "We have no interest in this. We don't even know who said what.

However, when asked about the political situation, Samyabadi Dal General Secretary Comrade Dilip Barua told the Daily Post: There will be no political stability ahead, a volatile situation is being created. Because the government will not go out and hold elections under the party.  The opposition will not hold elections under the government. However, Sheikh Hasina can create an environment situation to bring BNP to the election.  It may be acceptable to the BNP.  I think BNP has to come and go to the polls. Because they want Khaleda Zia's release. The government can also be flexible in that regard. Besides, BNP wants an interim government which will not be accepted. But I think the national government will accept it. And beyond these, there is more to do with the BNP movement.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday held a private meeting with the US ambassador at his Gulshan residence. The private car carrying the BNP secretary general entered the US embassy building at 1:20 pm. An hour later, at 2:24 p.m., the car pulled out. BNP has told Ambassador Peter Haas that it will not take part in any election under the Awami League government. Fakhrul told Peter Haas that free and fair elections are not possible under this government. Mirza Fakhrul said he went there at the invitation of Ambassador Peter Haas and stayed there for about an hour.

They discussed the current political situation, the upcoming elections and the new US visa policy.  "BNP's position on the upcoming elections is very clear and the matter has been conveyed to the US ambassador once again. "He told Peter Haas that the new US visa policy is shameful for Bangladesh. This is due to the misdeeds and misrule of the government and the state machinery. "But the people of the country have welcomed it," he said.

On April 16, Some BNP leaders, including Fakhrul, went to his gulshan residence at the invitation of the ambassador. At the time, the US Embassy said the meeting discussed "the importance of free and fair elections and non-violent political processes". The political dispute in the country over the upcoming elections is not over yet. The BNP has been demanding elections under a non-party government, but the Awami League has been rejecting it. A day earlier, the Japanese ambassador went to the BNP chairperson's gulshan office and held a meeting with Fakhrul. Although the ambassador did not say anything, the BNP said that they presented the overall situation of the country to him on the question of the ambassador. The ruling Awami League leaders said BNP is 'failing' in the movement and seeking help of foreign diplomats. A day earlier, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam told reporters that the government will take action if the diplomats cross the limit.

Peter Haas meets Salman F Rahman and Anisul Huq:

Meanwhile, US Ambassador Peter Haas held a meeting with Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman at his official office on Tuesday morning. Law Minister Anisul Huq and a Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present at the meeting. Anisul Huq told the media that in the meeting with them, the US ambassador mainly discussed labor laws. He also said that the US had some statements about Bangladesh’s labour laws. The ambassador sought the Bangladesh government's stand on all these issues and these discussions will continue. The law minister did not say anything more about the meeting. According to official sources, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for Geneva this month to attend the International Labour Organization (ILO) event. Earlier, the United States heard the Bangladesh government's statement on labor laws.