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Envoy: People in support of fair polls need not be concerned by new US visa policy

Washington sees the positives of the policy rather than the challenges, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas says

Update : 30 May 2023, 07:03 PM

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas on Tuesday said people who support free and fair elections and work towards that end have nothing to fear regarding the new US visa policy. 

“I don't see any disagreement at all,” he told reporters, noting that Washington wants the same thing the people of Bangladesh want – a free and fair election.

Haas made the remarks while responding to questions on the new visa policy after a function in Dhaka. 

He said the US sees positive things rather than challenges. “We have a very strong partnership on trade, security relations, people-to-people ties, healthcare and good conversation on the upcoming election.”

Haas said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made a clear commitment to hold a free and fair election in Bangladesh. 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his announcement said the holding of free and fair elections is the responsibility of everyone — voters, political parties, the government, the security forces, civil society and the media. 

The ambassador spoke at the inaugural ceremony of a photo exhibition titled “Roots of Friendship:  50 Years of US- Bangladesh Relations” at the Edward M Kennedy Center.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam spoke as the chief guest.

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