BNP ready for dialogue
Khaleda tells UK parliamentary teamStaff Correspondent
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Friday told a visiting British parliamentary delegation that her party was ready to sit for dialogue on an election-time administration if the government initiated the move.
The six-member British parliamentary party delegation led by Labour Party MP, Rushanara Ali, met Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence in the evening.
During the meeting that lasted about an hour from 6:00pm, the political situation in Bangladesh, next general elections and working environment for workers in the country were discussed.
After the meeting, BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told reporters that the UK parliamentary delegation had called for dialogue between the political parties.
He said the BNP’s stand on the matter was explained to them saying BNP was always ready for dialogue but the government would have to take the initiative.
‘If the atmosphere is created today, we can sit for dialogue tomorrow,’ Shamsher said.
Rushanara told reporters that time was running out. There should
be consensus among the political parties over resolving the political crisis in Bangladesh, she said.
She said the UK government wanted democratic process to continue in Bangladesh. Participation of all political parties is essential for free, fair and credible elections, she said.
Rushanara, Briton of Bangladeshi origin, expressed concern over the working environment for readymade garment workers and stressed the need for safety at workplaces so that tragic incidents did not repeat.
British MP Shabana Mahmood, UK high commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson and BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, among others, were present in the meeting.
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