12:00 AM, January 14, 2014 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:53 AM, March 08, 2015

Chinese boost for new govt

Chinese boost for new govt

Premier Li Keqiang greets Hasina; Vietnam, Cambodia also support; US, EU stress immediate talks for all-party polls
Staff Correspondent

After India, another Asian giant China has congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her assumption of office as prime minister of Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee called Hasina yesterday afternoon and felicitated her on her becoming the PM for the third time. LK Advani, an influential leader of India's Bharatiya Janata Party, also greeted her.
Southeast Asian nations Cambodia and Vietnam have also congratulated Hasina.
On the other hand, western countries, including the USA, and Canada, and the European Union have again expressed disappointment over the January 5 polls, and called for an immediate dialogue for the holding of an early election that will be inclusive and credible.
In a message to Hasina yesterday, Chinese Premier Li KeQiang said, “I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in my own name, the warm congratulations and best wishes to you.”
“China and Bangladesh are close and friendly neighbours. In recent years, sound progress has been made in the all-area cooperation between China and Bangladesh by the joint efforts of both sides.”
“I would like to join hands with you, to advance continuously China-Bangladesh comprehensive and cooperative partnership to a new stage. May Bangladesh enjoy prosperity … May you enjoy good health and every success in your work,” he said.
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jun handed over the Chinese premier's letter to the secretary at the foreign ministry yesterday afternoon.
Nguyen Tan Dung, the prime minister of Vietnam, also wrote to Hasina and congratulated her on her re-election as the PM.
The government of Cambodia also felicitated Hasina on her assumption of office as the PM, according to a press release of the foreign ministry.
In the meantime, the BNP briefed foreign diplomats at the Heritage Restaurant in the capital in the afternoon, and said it wanted a solution to the current political crisis through dialogue.
The main opposition party also said it was ready to have talks with the ruling Awami League for the holding of a free, fair and inclusive election.


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