The visiting British parliamentary delegation has expressed satisfaction over the prevailing law and order in the country saying that "a safe and secure environment now exists in Bangladesh".
"We have gone to many places in Dhaka and Sylhet where we joined different social programmes and visited a number of development projects and different shopping malls. But, we did not feel any security threat there," Anne Main, chief of the delegation, said yesterday evening.
Talking to journalists after a meeting with policy makers and senior government officials at the state guest house Padma in the capital, she said they were “overwhelmed” by the existing law and order in the country.
"Our visit was successful as people in this country are very warm and friendly... we can't forget their hospitality," said Anne, also Chairperson of All Party Parliamentary Group of British Parliament on Bangladesh.
Her comments came days after some influential countries issued security alerts on the movement of their citizens in Bangladesh following murder of an Italian citizen in the city's Gulshan diplomatic zone on Monday evening.
The other three British parliamentarians in the delegation are Bob Blackman, Paul Scully and David Machintosh. They are all from the Conservative Party.
Bangladesh Prime Minister's Political Adviser HT Imam who joined the meeting later told reporters that the delegation members were not on an official tour, they came here to witness some social and development programmes.
Asked about the outcome of their meeting, HT Imam said the delegation members informed him that they were happy with the security in Bangladesh. They did not feel any security threat in the country, he said quoting the delegation members.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder, former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru, Acting Foreign Secretary Rear Admiral (Retd) Mohammad Khurshed Alam, Foreign Secretary (Bilateral) Mizanur Rahman, among others, joined the meeting.
The 23-member delegation under the organisation of "Conservative Friends of Bangladesh" comprising the four British parliamentarians arrived in Dhaka on September 25. They will leave today wrapping up their eight-day Bangladesh visit.