Visiting Japanese Prime Minister observed that democratic governance, rule of law and protection of human rights are essential for maintaining socio-economic development in a country like Bangladesh.
It was stated by BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury after the talks between visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Saturday evening.
Quoting the Japanese prime minister, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury said, "The Japan's Prime Minister said many major political parties did not take part in the last January 5 elections. They (Japan government) are well aware of it."
The Japanese prime minister also expressed the hope that major political parties would be able to find out a solution through dialogues among themselves which will be acceptable to the people of Bangladesh and the international community.
The talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Khaleda Zia were held at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital at 7.05pm.
At that time, BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, party's vice-chairman M Morshed Khan, Chairperson's adviser Reaz Rahman and Sabih Uddin Ahmed, among others, were present.
Earlier, Japan's Prime Minister held talks with Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushan Ershad.