12:00 AM, December 18, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:38 AM, December 18, 2018

Nat'l Polls

US to deploy 11 observer teams: Miller

Earl Robert Miller, the newly appointed US ambassador to Bangladesh, yesterday said the US embassy will arrange 11 teams, comprising 32 observers, during the 11th general election in Bangladesh.

He said this during his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Gonobhaban, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim while briefing journalists after the meeting.

"We hope the next election will be free, fair, credible and peaceful," the ambassador also said.

Commenting on the Rohingya issue, Miller said the US will continue to provide its support to Bangladesh.

He also put emphasis on a suitable atmosphere in Myanmar so the Rohingyas can return to their homeland.

Mentioning strong ties between Bangladesh and USA, Ambassador Miller said his country wants to extend cooperation to Bangladesh in developing its energy and education sectors.

Referring to Bangladesh's struggle to establish democracy, Hasina said her party has set a rare example in Bangladesh's history in 2001 when it completed a peaceful handover of power. 

She also said although her government, prior to the 2014 general elections, had offered the opposition several ministries in the polls-time cabinet, they killed people by unleashing violence and arson attacks on them.

Despite the fact that two of her party men have already died in pre-election violence this year, Hasina said, "I've asked my party men to have patience."

The PM also sought the US ambassador's cooperation in resuming flights of national carrier Bangladesh Biman between Dhaka and New York.

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