US interest in supporting peaceful elections
The United States has expressed its "appreciation" for the announcement made by the Bangladeshi government regarding its stance on visa policies.
During a regular briefing on Thursday, Dr. Matthew Miller, the spokesperson for the US State Department, told journalists, "We believe that democracy is the most sustainable means of ensuring peace, prosperity, and security. It is for this reason that we have made this announcement and are committed to working with the government of Bangladesh to move forward."
When asked whether the United States would urge opposition parties to participate in the upcoming national elections in Bangladesh, Miller stated, "I am not going to comment on what any political party in Bangladesh should or should not do internally. What I will say is that the United States' interest lies in supporting free, fair, and peaceful elections. That is why we have announced this new policy."
On Thursday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shahriar Alam, said that Bangladesh hopes the new visa policy of the United States will be implemented without any ulterior motives.
He read out a statement before journalists on Thursday afternoon.
The government of Bangladesh has taken note of the announcement by the U.S. Secretary of State regarding visa restrictions based on the alleged three-step legislation under the U.S. Immigration Act.
In a released statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its desire to see Bangladesh, as a democratic and politically stable country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, being recognized for its sincere commitment to free and fair elections at both the national and local levels.
The Ministry stated that the government is committed to ensuring transparent and inclusive management of elections and will take necessary measures to prevent any unlawful discussions or interventions by individuals, groups, or entities that aim to disrupt or manipulate the electoral process.
The statement further emphasized that the election process will be conducted under the strict scrutiny of internationally recognized observers, including election commissions, with the government expecting local non-democratic forces engaging in violence, arson, and sabotage to remain vigilant and refrain from any attempts to undermine the prescribed electoral process as directed by the constitution.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated, "The hard-earned democracy, political stability, and development gains in Bangladesh entirely depend on the people of the country."
The government appreciates the steadfast commitment of the Prime Minister, along with the support of the international community, including the United States, in ensuring uninterrupted and fair elections.