AK Abdul Momen, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh expressed his concern today regarding attempts to impede the upcoming national elections on the event of DCAB Talk at the Foreign Service Academy on Saturday hosted by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh –DCAB.
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Only six months is left for the upcoming presidential election, amidst this the association of Bangladesh-based diplomat journalists, DECAB hosts the DECAB talk today where foreign minister Abdul Momen shares his views as the keynote speaker.
Regarding the Scope for Discussion
When the issue on European Union’s proposal of holding genuine dialogue among the major political parties was raised, Momen refuted the argument and said, “There was no benefit out of dialogue in the past” and also welcomed beneficiary proposals.
Any sort of discussion id unfruitful before election. Momen says’ “there is no example of discussion before among the participating parties before election.” “The election would take place fairly as per the constitution. There is no opening for discussion. The election will be processed lawfully.” Added Momen. After which Momen raises his concern regarding efforts aimed at impeding upcoming election. Bangladesh is committed to hold free and fair elections, Momen said adding that discussions by people at home can surely be held.
Momen speaks about his apprehension that there are efforts being attempted for impeding the upcoming precedential election. When Momen was asked about the reason behind his apprehension, he tactically avoided to response.
Momen’s View on Diplomats’ Role during National Election
Momen expressed that foreign diplomats visit Bangladesh with the intention of fostering bilateral relations between their respective countries and Bangladesh. He said, “Foreign diplomats come to this country for improving the bilateral relations of their country and Bangladesh and how the relationship can developed stronger. But sometimes the situation turns out as such that gets more portrayed as intervention.”
He also expressed his displeasure over “seeking solutions” of Bangladesh’s internal issues from foreigners, especially from the diplomats stationed in Dhaka. He said everyone will be affected if the democratic process, peace and stability are hampered. “We need to make peace and stability sustainable. You (media) have a role to play in this regard.”
The foreign minister stated that the government is actively nurturing positive relationships with neighbouring countries. He further emphasized that the government exercises caution when acquiring foreign loans. According to him, Japan provided the highest amount of loans, while significant loans were also obtained from the ADB, IMF, and World Bank. He emphasized that Bangladesh does not favour leaning towards any particular country but strives to maintain balanced relations with all nations.