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AL frowns at envoys meeting EC, BNP happy
Foreign diplomats in Dhaka have once again become very active in the political arena, frequently meeting with the Election Commission to discuss the next national elections in Bangladesh.
During the meetings, they “assured the commission of assistance” to hold a fair and participatory election.
Though the BNP has welcomed such activity of diplomats, ruling Awami League and its allies termed it as interference in the internal affairs of the country.
Several foreign envoys had met the newly formed commission and discussed the issue of the next national election.
Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken and Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell met the chief election commissioner on March 12.
And then Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla paid a courtesy call on the CEC on May 18.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Barnicat went there on May 31, UK envoy Alison Mary Blake on June 6, and most recently UNDP Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee met the CEC on June 11.