US doesn't favor any political party in Bangladesh over any other: Envoy
DHAKA, Aug 10, 2022 (BSS) - Ambassador of the United States (US) to
Bangladesh Peter Haas today cleared his stance that the US does not favor any
political party in Bangladesh over any other.
"Just to be clear, the United States does not favour any political party in
Bangladesh over any other," Hass told a meeting on the National Launch of e-
Learning Platform "Politics Matters" by USAID's Strengthening Political
Landscape Project at a city hotel here.
"The United States is proud of our close partnership with Bangladesh over the
past 50 years . . . We continue to be a strong supporter of this country's
efforts to improve the quality of life for all its citizens," he said.
Referring to the meeting with members of individual parties, he said he
particularly enjoyed this setting where multiple parties join together
despite their policy differences.
The US envoy in Dhaka termed (meeting) as a hallmark of democracy and said,
"A fundamental way to improve the quality of life for citizens is to give
them the opportunity to participate in free, fair, and transparent elections
held in accordance with international standards."
Hass said holding free and fair elections, according to the US experience, is
a complicated task, where it is required the participation of every part of
"From the Election Commission (EC) to the government, from the media to law
enforcement, from civil society to political parties, everyone has an
important role to play," he pointed out.
If any one of them fails to fulfil their responsibility or if any one of them
prevents another from fulfilling their responsibility, free and fair
elections become nearly impossible, the ambassador observed.
About the program of launching the Politics Matters e-learning platform
(www.politicsmatters.com.bd), Peter Hass said this free Bengali-language
platform offers international-standard training modules on political party
practices, leadership development, conflict resolution, and democracy
strengthening to the smart-phones and computers of political party activists
It would encourage political leaders and grassroots activists from all
parties in Bangladesh to take advantage of this platform to build
Bangladesh's democracy, the envoy hoped.