A day after United States Ambassador in Dhaka Dan Mozena called for a fresh parliamentary election in Bangladesh by May or June, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the present government would not bow to any foreign pressure.
“Foreign friends can make recommendations on the country's internal affairs. Donors and friendly countries have this right. But, we can't bow down our head to them,” he told journalists after visiting the Ashulia-Bypile-Nabinagar highway outside the capital.
The government will bow down its head only to the reality of the country and its people, said Quader, also a top policymaker of the ruling Awami League. He, however, said they were not brushing aside the ideas of the foreign friends.
The minister also thanked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for announcing peaceful political programmes but in the same breath said the BNP had shifted its dependence on foreign diplomacy after failing to launch movements.
Diplomats from around 50 countries met the foreign ministry officials on Thursday for the first time after the new government was formed. They made several recommendations about the 10th general elections on January 5 and urged a meaningful dialogue between the two major parties.
During the meeting, the American envoy called for a fresh election, in response of which, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said the US call "is too ambitious".