Egyptian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mahmoud Ezzat yesterday said his country wants good relations with Bangladesh and termed the present Egyptian government as purely civilian, not one backed by army.
New Egyptian President Abdel-Fath el-Sissi will be on “good terms” with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government and will enhance political and economic relationship with Bangladesh to a new height, he said at a press briefing at the Egyptian embassy in the capital marking the sworn in of President Sissi on Sunday.
He said the new president will restore political stability and spur economic development of Egypt. “It's the victory of the people…you may call it the victory of secular force,” the envoy said adding, “It's a landslide victory as 96.91 percent of the valid voters cast votes for Sissi.”
Ambassador Ezzat said initially the president was reluctant for the presidential election but the people, who love
his leadership, pressurised him to run for the election.
Sissi will try his best to stop terrorism in Egypt, he added.
About repression on “Islamic Brotherhood” in Egypt, the ambassador used “Brotherhood” instead of “Islamic Brotherhood” as he believes that a Muslim cannot kill another Muslim.
He said Sissi will now arrange election very soon to elect a new parliament and make way for restoring political stability and economic development of Egypt.
Replying to a question, the envoy said Khaleda Zia boycotted the January 5 poll in Bangladesh and it was completely her decision. The ambassador also termed the poll as “free and transparent”.
In reply to another question, he said Hasina already sent a letter of congratulation to Sissi on his victory before he was sworn in.