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US will not be directly involved in dialogue: Uzra Zeya

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 14 Jul 2023, 12:40 pm

Dhaka, July 14: Undersecretary for civil security, democracy and human rights affairs of the United States foreign ministry, Uzra Jaya,  who is visiting Dhaka, said the US will not be directly involved in the dialogue between the political parties ahead of Bangladesh's national elections. However, she said the United States wants dialogue between political parties.

The US Undersecretary said this in response to a question from journalists after the meeting with Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen at the National Guest House Padma on Thursday, July 13.

She said, "We have observed the rally held by two political parties in Bangladesh on Wednesday and there was no incident of violence. It is a good practice and we would like to see it repeated."

Uzra said, "Bangladesh will decide when the elections will be held in Bangladesh. Regarding the dialogue, we will not have any direct involvement in this matter. Discussions were held with the government of Bangladesh on free and fair elections. I have received a firm commitment from the Prime Minister and others for free and fair elections. We want journalists to be able to spread news freely without fear."

She said, "As a long-time partner of Bangladesh, we will continue to cooperate with Bangladesh. As a long-time partner in free, fair and peaceful elections, including human rights, we will try our best to cooperate."

Regarding the discussion in the meeting, the US Undersecretary said, "We will cooperate in the prevention of human trafficking. Democracy, human rights, freedom of speech and assembly should be done freely, that is what we want. We want civil society to speak freely."

Uzra said, "The future of a prosperous country depends on democratic institutions. It depends on the free participation of the people of Bangladesh in the elections."

"There is a rumor that the United States has taken a stand against Bangladesh. I am here to deepen the US relationship with Bangladesh. I am here to discuss how to make a free and tolerant Indo-Pacific region more secure and prosperous," she added.

After all formalities, the US delegation will leave Dhaka on Friday, July 14.