The United States has commented that there should be free, fair and open elections in Bangladesh. At the same time, the country has also said that there should be a violence-free election in Bangladesh.
US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said these things in response to reporters’ questions at a regular press conference on Tuesday (November 14) local time. However, in this briefing, Matthew Miller did not comment on a ministerial meeting held recently in the Indian capital, Delhi.
In the briefing, a journalist questioned the current political situation in Bangladesh. He said that the US ambassador has been repeatedly urging political parties to engage in dialogue amid violence in the BNP-Jamaat-led blockade. Can the US guarantee an end to such violence by BNP-Jamaat? Bangladesh has a past record of such violence by the same group.
In response, Matthew Miller said, we have been saying continuously that we believe elections in Bangladesh should be free, fair and open. Elections should also be held in a violence-free manner.
In a separate question, the journalist wants to know about a ministerial meeting held recently in Delhi, the capital of India. He said, after the ministerial level meeting between India and the United States (two plus two) in New Delhi, Indian Foreign Ministry official Vinay Kwatra said about a stable Bangladesh for the Indian subcontinent. He also expressed concern over growing extremism with third country intervention (in Bangladesh). What is the real danger of India and the United States? Will the spokesperson of the US State Department take a different position from India’s position on Bangladesh?
In response, this spokesperson of the US State Department said, I have no comment on this matter.