BNP on Monday said US President Joe Biden wrote a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a formality to maintain ties between the two countries, but America did not back off from its earlier position on January-7 ‘dummy’ election.
“One state may have a relationship with another state. But they did not say that the illegal and dummy election of January 7 was fair,” BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
Responding to a question from a journalist about the US president’s letter to Sheikh Hasina, he said America also maintain ties with Russia and China as a formality of one country’s relation with another country.
“But the people of the Western countries and the governments of the democratic world have not moved away from the ideological commitment to the question of democracy,” the BNP leader said.
He said the Western countries, including the USA, also did not change their position on Bangladesh’s one-sided election, violence and how the people have been deceived on January 7.
Even a few days back, Rizvi said the US State Department expressed its opinion against the unilateral election. “The United Nations has always opposed this election. Democracy is an ideal for the Western democratic world…they have not compromised on this question.”
In a letter to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, US President Biden has committed to work with Bangladesh together on economic development, Rohingya crisis, climate change and regional and global security issues.
The US embassy in Dhaka shared the letter with the foreign ministry on Sunday.
Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said Bangladesh has welcomed the letter written by Joe Biden to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and he thinks this letter has manifested that there is no discomfort in the relationship between the two countries.