US to 'work with' HasinaNew Age Online
The US says it will 'work with' Sheikh Hasina's government, despite its concerns over the credibility of the Jan 5 polls, bdnews24.com reported.
Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson of US state department, told a media briefing :’We have already made clear our disappointment with the elections (Jan 5 polls) , which in our view did not credibly reflect the will of the Bangladeshi people since almost all of the seats of the new parliament weren’t contested or had only token opposition. So we’ll make clear our concerns when we have them.’
But she was quick to add: ‘ We obviously work with governments who are elected’.
Harf said that the US will keep working with the Hasina government even as it continues to raise the concerns over the polls.
US envoy in Dhaka Dan Mozena said after the polls that they were not credible, calling upon both the ruling party and the Opposition to resume a dialogue to work out a consensus for holding another elections that are inclusive and credible.
But though the European Union and the Commonwealth have backed the US position for an immediate dialogue and fresh elections in Bangladesh, Russia, India and now China have welcomed the new government and promised to work with it.
While the Indian and Russian positions were expected, especially in view of Awami League's traditional relations with both countries since 1971, the Chinese position did surprise many.
Known for strict neutrality in Bangladesh, China came forward on Monday to support the new government, a day after Hasina had announced her new cabinet.
Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang in a message said they would like to join hands with Sheikh Hasina-led government to advance Sino-Bangla ‘comprehensive and cooperative partnership to a new height’.
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