US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat has called for a “free, fair and credible” election while Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said the polling is an “internal matter” of Bangladesh.
Bernicat met the secretary in the morning while Shringla held the meeting in the afternoon as part of their regular meetings to update bilateral relations.
The US ambassador said her meeting was focused on the upcoming UN General Assembly which will start on Sept 18.
They also discussed the UN Security Council meeting, she said. The US is the chair of the council this month.
Replying to reporters’ questions on the election, she said the US focuses on a “free, fair, credible process and an inclusive process”.
“And details will be worked out among all the parties involved and the government,” she said, adding that “the US is counting on the government” to do that as the government itself has said that it is committed to holding a free, fair and credible election.“That is an internal matter of Bangladesh,” the Indian high commissioner said when asked, adding that he would not make any comment on the issue.
The high commissioner said they took stock of the bilateral relations during the meeting with the foreign secretary.
They also discussed the outcomes of the just-concluded BIMSTEC Summit, he said.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said Dec 27 might be the possible voting date for the next parliamentary election.
The BNP-led alliance that boycotted the last general election in 2014 is still not sure about contesting in the next polls which will be held with Sheikh Hasina as the prime minister.