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Dhaka urges GSP reinstatement

Dhaka urges GSP reinstatement

Bangladesh has requested the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to take a considerate view in the next GSP (generalised system of preferences) review for the reinstatment of the status. Mohammad Ziauddin, the newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States, came up with the request when he was making a courtesy call on USTR...

Jan 5 polls flawed

Jan 5 polls flawed

US Ambassador-designate to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat has described the January 5 general elections as 'undeniably flawed'. Giving her testimony before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington DC Thursday afternoon, Bernicat noted the US remained concerned about the recent trends in democracy and rights in Bangladesh. Bernicat, who is currently a deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of Human Resources of the State Department, added that the political parties in Bangladesh urgently needed to engage in a constructive dialogue to ensure a more representative government. Bernicat was nominated by US President Barack...

US still wants political dialogue

The United States has said it has not changed its position on Bangladesh, and it still encourages dialogue between major political parties. “Absolutely, our position hasn't changed,” said Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State, at a regular press briefing in Washington DC on Monday when she was asked whether the US was still sticking to its stance on dialogue. The US has consistently said dialogue is the path forward in Bangladesh, she added. Responding to another question on fresh...

US to continue talks with govt on press freedom

US to continue talks with govt on press freedom

The United States will continue discussion with the government of Bangladesh about extrajudicial killings, political violence and freedom of the press, a US state department official has said. Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said this while replying to a question during daily press briefing yesterday. "..we support freedom of expression, freedom of the media everywhere, including...

Ties with US not comfortable

Ties with US not comfortable

Bangladesh's relations with the US are not yet comfortable due to issues tied to politics and Grameen Bank, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday. US officials appreciate Bangladesh's development programmes but are not happy about its political matters, he said. Returning from his 15-day visits to Washington DC and Mexico, Muhith held a press conference at his secretariat office to brief the media on the outcome of the meetings in the US. “Political pressure is not comfortable and devoid of etiquette,” the minister told reporters, referring to his meeting with a US high official in Washington. Replying to reporters' queries as to whether the US official broached the January 5 national election, he...

Give more space to civil society

Expressing concern, the United States has called upon the Bangladesh government to ensure more space and an environment for civil society groups to help them operate freely. Stifling of dissent undermines Bangladesh's vibrant civil society and long-term stability, said US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal, adding that it would be essential to maintain an environment and provide space where civil society can positively spark social change. Biswal stated this early yesterday (BST) during a meeting in Washington DC with...

US for fresh credible polls

US for fresh credible polls

The US believes Bangladesh still has an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to democracy by organising fresh elections that are credible in the eyes of its people. "We did note that we were disappointed by the recent parliamentary elections, especially because so many of the seats were uncontested or only had token opposition," Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State, said while replying to queries on the current situation in Bangladesh at a press briefing in Washington DC on January 6.

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