US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas has reiterated that the United States has no preference for any particular party or platform in Bangladesh's political arena, but rather wants to see an “open and competitive process” play out ahead of the next national election.
“I want to be very clear that the US has no preference. We have no vote. We don’t favour any particular party, platform or anything else that is not our role,” he said during the inaugural episode of “AmTalk,” an initiative premiered on the verified Facebook page of the US Embassy Friday evening.
Ambassador Haas said they would like to see the same thing that the people of Bangladesh would like to see - an election run at an international standard that allows the people of Bangladesh to choose their next leaders in an “open and competitive” process, free of violence.
The US envoy said he very much welcomes some of the signals and signs that he is receiving in terms of having a transparent election.
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He referred foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and said he (Momen) has made it clear that Bangladesh will welcome international observers. “I think that’s critical…..”
Ambassador Haas laid emphasis on advancing the relations between Bangladesh and the United States taking advantage of the opportunities and addressing the challenges through joint efforts.