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Scopes for dialogue still there: Dipu Moni

  • Published at 06:47 pm August 19th, 2013
Scopes for dialogue still there: Dipu Moni

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Monday hinted that there could still be dialogue with the opposition BNP, taking advantage of the flexibilities of the provisions in the Constitution.

“The government will be operated in accordance with the constitution. The dialogue can of course be held taking advantage of whatever flexibilities we have in the provisions of the constitution,” she said while briefing foreign diplomats on the upcoming elections at the foreign ministry on Monday.

The foreign minister, however, said a congenial environment is needed to hold dialogue and it is the duty of all political parties to maintain that.

“When a fake birthday was celebrated on August 15, it did not help for moving forward to reach a political solution, rather it created rivalry,” she said.

“If there is absence of good taste in politicians, it hurts people,” she said.

Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia celebrates her birthday on August 15, the day the founding president of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed along with his family members in 1975.

Dipu Moni replying to a foreign diplomat’s question on the scopes for dialogue, said: “The scope for dialogue under the Awami League is always there. But the problem is the congenial environment needed to hold the dialogue, it must be maintained by all,” she said.

Dipu Moni also briefed them on the arrest of Odikhar General Secretary, Md Adilur Rahman and implementation of Compact agreement.

About the arrest, the foreign minister said nobody is above the law and the government arrested him after a specific allegations were brought against him.

“They listened to my explanation and I think that they are satisfied,” she said after the briefing.