Foreign diplomats stationed here on Monday strongly condemned the ongoing violence and arson attacks saying these ‘destructive’ acts go against democratic practice, said Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque.
The diplomats made the remarks during a diplomatic briefing at state guesthouse Padma. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefed the diplomats from the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, North Korea, Brazil, Australia and UN representative in Dhaka.
After the briefing, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque briefed reporters at the Foreign Ministry.
“They (diplomats) in one voice strongly condemned the destructive activities and arson attacks. These acts are in no way acceptable,” the Foreign Secretary said quoting the diplomats as saying.
The diplomats also expressed their view that democracy cannot be strengthened through such destructive activities, he said.
They hoped that violence will end helping democracy flourish in the coming days, said the Foreign Secretary.
Asked whether the diplomats called for political dialogue, the Foreign Secretary said many issues were discussed at the briefing.
Apart from describing the current political scenario and government’s position, the Foreign Minister shared the government’s diplomatic success made in the last one year, the Foreign Minister said.
The diplomats, he said, highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s stance against terrorism.
The Foreign Minister referred to the recent media reports over a telephone call made by the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amit Shah, to Khaleda Zia, and a statement issued by six US congressmen ‘expressing their concern over the recent political situation in Bangladesh’, and said both have been found to be absolutely false upon inquiry.
“None of the incidents was correct. These two were baseless. He made it clear to them,” the Foreign Secretary quoted the Foreign Minister as saying.
Mahmood Ali also referred to the European Parliament Resolutions on Bangladesh of 16 January and 18 September 2014 condemning such violence and terrorist acts, and their call for a ban on political parties resorting to such acts.
European Parliament resolution on 16 January 2014 states: “whereas the BNP opposition is continuing to cooperate with Jamaat-e-Islami and the splinter group Hafezat-e-Islam, which are regarded as the main instigators of the violence”
On Wednesday, the Foreign Minister briefed the Ambassadors of the European Union countries and the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Bangladesh on the current political situation.
He briefed the Ambassadors of other European States -- Russia, Norway, the Holy Sea and Switzerland -- along similar lines on the same day separately.
The briefing is part of the Foreign Minister’s regular consultations with the Ambassadors and Heads of Mission based in Dhaka.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque was also present at the briefing.
The Foreign Minister will brief two separate groups of diplomats from the OIC member countries and Saarc-Asean countries on Tuesday.