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Foreign minister briefs diplomats on pre-polls security

Star Online Report

The government today briefed envoys from influential countries and international organisations about the steps it has taken to ensure security of the foreign diplomats ahead of the January 5 parliamentary election.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefed the ambassadors and high commissioners from different countries including USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and Korea as well as the UN Coordinator at the state guesthouse Padma.

The foreign diplomats have expressed their concern over the security of diplomatic missions as well as the foreign nationals in Dhaka, sources from the meeting said.

However, details of the discussion could not be known as the envoys and officials declined to make any comment after the hour-long meeting that began at 11:00am.

It could only be known that the foreign minister assured all the regional ambassadors that the government would ensure full safety and security for the diplomatic missions in Bangladesh as well as foreign nationals during the period preceding the elections.

Adviser to the Prime Minister for International Affairs Gowher Rizvi and Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque were also present during the briefing.

Earlier on Monday, the foreign minister briefed envoys from the Saarc and Asean countries.

He is expected to brief the envoys of OIC countries this afternoon.

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last modified: 9:54 pm Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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