UK keen about free election with participation of all parties: Duncan tells Khaleda

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Visiting UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan on Tuesday said his country is keen to see a free, fair and non-violent general election in Bangladesh with the participation of all parties.

“My feeling is that the election will be non-violent… every one to participate in the democratic election without any threat and violence,” he said.

Duncan expressed his optimism while talking to reporters after meeting with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office.

The UK minister said it is important that the election should be free, fair and without violence and it would be held with participation of all parties.

Emphasised on effective dialogue among the parties to find out a solution to the ongoing political crisis, Duncan said he hoped that political parties would work together so that the Constitution can work effectively for holding a smooth election.

Briefing reporters, BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury said the UK minister during his 45-minute meeting with the BNP chief hoped that the next general election would be held under a process acceptable to all.

He also hoped that all necessary measures would be ensured to hold the election in a free and fair manner.

Other than current political situation and next general election, issues relating to RMG sector, was also discussed in the meeting.

Mobin said the UK government is concerned over the security of workers of Bangladesh, particularly in the readymade garment sector, as it thinks security of the workers here is inadequate.

He said the UK minister also assured the opposition leader of coming up with more investment in Bangladesh in various sector, particularly in health, education and environment.

He said the British minister invited Khaleda Zia to visit the UK at her convenient time.

The BNP chairperson accepted the invitation, Mobin said adding that they would fix a schedule for the tour later.

The British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson and DFID country representative in Bangladesh Sarah Cooke accompanied Alan Duncan.

Source: Asia Post BD