Dhaka-based ambassadors of Arab and Muslim countries on Wednesday night met BNP chief Khaleda Zia and discussed possible ways out of the current political crisis in Bangladesh.
“We want the people of Bangladesh to live in peace and would like
to see democracy strengthen in this country,” the envoys were quoted by a BNP
spokesman to have told the Opposition leader.
Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, a BNP
vice chairman, told reporters after the meeting that the ambassadors would also
meet the government leaders. “The ambassadors said they believed there should
be a compromise formula worked out between the two parties and that an
acceptable election was possible,” Chowdhury said.
Khaleda Zia told the
envoys that she too wanted a “free, fair and acceptable” election but had not
been approached by the government, Chowdhury said. “If anyone took any steps
for negotiations, she would gladly cooperate,” she was quoted by Chowdhury as
saying to the envoys.
Asked if the envoys were acting on the advice from any
Western country, Chowdhury said: “The ambassadors told us that it was their own
Asked if there was any discussion on the war crimes trials,
Chowdhury said that the issues included current political situation, rule of
law, good governance, law and order, corruption and fairness in judicial
Envoys of Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Libya,
Egypt, UAE, Oman and Iraq attended the meeting that lasted for two
Chairperson’s advisers Reaz Rahman and Sabih Uddin Ahmed, Chowdhury,
her Special Envoy to Saudi Arabia Mohammad Enamul Huq assisted Khaleda Zia
during the meeting that ended at 10:45pm.