Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali briefed a number of envoys on the current political situation this afternoon as part of his regular engagements with resident diplomatic missions in Dhaka.
The Foreign Minister briefed the Heads of Missions about the latest trends in the violent and terrorist acts being perpetrated by the BNP-Jamaat combine since
5 January. He reiterated the Government’s firm commitment to contain the violence and ensure protection for people in general from the indiscriminate attacks by the BNP-Jamaat miscreants.
He said that BNP-Jamat alliance is directly inciting an extremist agenda in order to challenge the democratic, non-communal and non-confrontational ethos of the country. While stressing that violence does not have any place in democracy, he added that some of their recent cowardly acts like throwing petrol bombs at passenger laden vehicles are almost akin to the terror tactics used by ISIS and others.
Minister Ali urged the international community to condemn such violence and atrocities in unequivocal terms. He categorically said that there was no room for engagement with entities that resorted to terror tactics in the name of political activities.
The Foreign Minister noted in particular the concerns raised by the UN, US and EU after the killing of writer and blogger Abhijit Roy. He shared the Government’s decision to positively respond to the US’ offer to engage the FBI in unearthing the motive and real culprits behind the murder.
The diplomatic envoys attending the briefing reiterated their concern over the continued violence, and underscored the need for the people of Bangladesh to find a solution to the prevailing situation.
They urged the return of calm and stability in order to sustain the momentum of Bangladesh’s impressive socio-economic development gains.
The Advisers to the Prime Minister H T Imam and Dr. Gowher Rizvi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam were present at the briefing and participated in the interaction with the envoys.
Foreign Secretary and other senior officials of the Foreign Ministry were also present.