The European Union on Thursday stressed the need for holding elections in Bangladesh in a free, fair and credible manner.
‘We are looking forward to free, fair, credible and transparent elections’, European Union managing director for Asia and the Pacific Gunnar Wiegand told journalists after a meeting with Bangladesh officials in Dhaka.
He said that they discussed about preparations for elections in the meeting styled as ‘third diplomatic consultations between Bangladesh and the EU’.
The Bangladesh side briefed on political developments, including the upcoming general elections to be held at the end of 2018, the foreign ministry said in a press release.
Both sides agreed to work closely with the international community, particularly at the UN, for increasing sustained international pressure on Myanmar authorities to create conducive environment in the northern Rakhine so that minority Rohingya community ‘can return in safety and security to their ancestral homes in Myanmar’.
Wiegand led the EU delegation in the talks while foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh side.
Both sides expressed satisfaction over the current state of implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) regarding the return of irregular migrants from Bangladesh with no right to stay in the EU.
The EU briefed the Bangladesh side on political developments in Europe, including Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom.
The third consultation was held covering Brexit, trade and investment, strategy for Post-LDC Bangladesh relations with the EU, and other issues of bilateral importance. The sides also agreed to encourage a transition to a broader relationship between Bangladesh and the EU, underpinned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The second diplomatic consultation between the two sides was held on February 15, 2017 in Brussels.
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