A few leaders of the ruling Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party held a meeting with US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas on Thursday (25 May) over the latest visa policy of the US.
The policy restricts visas for any Bangladeshi believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic election process in Bangladesh.
The meeting started at around 12:00pm in the ambassador’s Gulshan residence and ended at 2:00pm.
Selim Mahmud, Awami League research secretary and AL central committee member Mohammad A Arafat attended the meeting from the ruling party.
The Jatiya Party was represented by Mujibul Haque Chunnu and BNP’s organising secretary Shama Obaid also attended.
At the end of the meeting, Jatiya Party Secretary General Advocate Mujibul Haque Chunnu told the waiting journalists, “The US government has asked for the opinion of the political parties on the visa policy announced for Bangladesh. Each party has given their opinion. Awami League and BNP leaders spoke about the election, law and order forces.”
He said, “The purpose of the US visa policy regarding Bangladesh is understood; they want a fair election and that the election should be competitive. Our party also agrees on this matter.”