US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells said on Sunday that her country wants to see a free, fair and inclusive election in Bangladesh.
She expressed her country’s stance while talking to Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque during a meeting at his office in Dhaka.Alice Wells arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh.
After the meeting, Shahidul Haque told reporters that he talked with the US deputy assistant secretary about the next general election in Bangladesh.
“She told me that the US wants to see a free, fair and inclusive election in Bangladesh,” he said.
“I apprised her that we expect to hold a free, fair and inclusive election in Bangladesh.”
The foreign secretary further said they discussed the issues of strategic relations in the Asia Pacific region during the meeting.
The United States wants a stronger partnership with Bangladesh in the region, he said.Later, Alice Wells visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar where she talked with UN and NGO officials.
In Dhaka, she will meet senior officials of the government to discuss the way for strengthening the US-Bangladesh partnership.
She will also discuss collaboration on building a prosperous, secure, and interconnected Indo-Pacific region. Throughout her trip, she will express appreciation for Bangladesh’s continuing generosity in responding to the refugee crisis and support for the next elections.