US Ambassador Bernicat along with EU diplomats meet Khaleda Zia
3 March 2015, Nirapad News: Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat , the US Ambassador in Bangladesh went to the office of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia amidst talks of her possible arrest on corruption charges.
Bernicat entered the Gulshan office around 6:30pm on Tuesday along with the EU ambassadors and some other diplomats and left at around 8:30pm.
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Greg Wilcock briefed journalists on behalf of the envoys after their meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office this evening.
“We encouraged confidence-building measures — including the de-escalation of Bangladesh’s political conflict — in the interest of fostering safety, stability, growth, human rights and democracy in Bangladesh,” the envoy added.
“We called for an end to the Bangladesh’s continuing violence and our efforts to this end will continue,” he said.
A group of ambassadors, high commissioners and Charges d’Affaires met with the BNP chairperson to discuss Bangladesh’s current events.
“Our meeting with the BNP chief followed a similar meeting with the Bangladesh foreign minister on March 1,” he added.
“Recalling our previous statements on recent events in Bangladesh, and those by the UN, we called for an end to Bangladesh’s continuing violence,” added the Australian diplomat.
The US has always had a say in Bangladesh’s domestic affairs and had called for a fresh election after the Jan 5 elections last year that the BNP boycotted.
Bernicat, before her confirmation as ambassador, in a statement termed the election “undeniably flawed” and said she would take forward Washington’s policy to the country.
She had also observed that Bangladesh’s main political parties “urgently need to engage in constructive dialogue that leads to a more representative government”.
Khaleda has been staying at the office since Jan 3 and called for an indefinite transport blockade from Jan 5 demanding interim elections under a “non-partisan” government.