Insisting that development of the political situation depends on government actions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has suggested talks between BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam to resolve the long-drawn political crisis in the country.
“We’re ready to hold talks with the government on the election that through a non-party neutral government. BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam could be the reprehensive from both sides,” Khaleda Zia was quoted as saying in a meeting with Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka at her Gulshan office.
According to a media release of Chinese Embassy, Khaleda said BNP does not believe in violence, and they have always been carrying out programs in peaceful ways.
In response, Chinese envoy Li Jun said he has noticed that recently BNP has been conducting policies and mass contact programs in peaceful ways. “I also see that BNP will have larger political movements after October 25. I believe these future programs will also be peaceful.”
The Chinese envoy expressed concern on the current political stalemate in Bangladesh. “We have seen both BNP and Awami League agree that the coming election should be free, fair and inclusive, and leading statesmen have showed their will to resolve the dispute through discussions.”
He said the Chinese side sincerely hopes that both parties could continue to show goodwill to each other, build trust and enlarge consensus, so as to create a sound environment for the next election.
Li Jun said as a major political force in Bangladesh, BNP has been playing a very important role in maintaining social stability, economic development and national unity of this country.
“The Chinese side highly appreciates the excellent contributions made by successive Bangladesh governments in pushing forward our mutually beneficial cooperation and in supporting China on issues relating to China’s core and major interests.”
When the Chinese envoy said terrorism is a major global threat and emphasized close international cooperation, Khaleda Zia said if BNP comes to power in the next election, they will exercise zero tolerance for terrorism. “The development of a country cannot be achieved without a stable surrounding environment,” the Chinese envoy said.
Khaleda said BNP would like to develop peaceful, equal and cooperative relationship with India and Myanmar and stressed that economic development, infrastructure building, investment promotion and education will be the policy priorities of BNP, according to the Chinese Embassy release.
She said as a time-tested and sincere friend, China is an important development partner for Bangladesh. “In the speech I made in Syllet, I have publicly expressed my welcome to China’s involvement in Bangladesh economic development. We hope China could increase her investment in Bangladesh and establish an export processing zone.”
The envoy said China is now restructuring its economy and pushing forward all-dimensional reforms, and this will create a huge market opportunity for the world and more Chinese enterprises will invest abroad.
“The proposal of China-India-Myanmar-Bangladesh economic corridor, which include projects like Sonadia Deep Seaport, will help Bangladesh turn its geological advantage to economic and social competitiveness, and make Bangladesh a regional hub linking South Asia, Southeast Asia and China.”
Li Jun also said China is also a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country and they understand that it is very important for people of different ethnic groups and different religion to live in peace and mutual respect.
Khaleda Zia said letting people of different ethnic groups and different religion to live in harmony have always been a major objective of BNP. “No matter what one person may believe in, that person is Bangladeshi people.”
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