India’s Bangladesh study to help US: Indian FM

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Mentioning that India is ‘right next to’ Bangladesh, Indian external affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said its understanding of Bangladesh should be helpful to the US.
‘While the US is at some distance from Bangladesh, we’re right next to it. So our understanding of the region and understanding of sentiments of the people in the region should be helpful in the positions they want to take,’ he said.
The Hindu, an influential Indian English daily, quoted the Indian minister in a report published on Monday.
As the political situation in Bangladesh becomes increasingly volatile, India has hinted at the need for a united approach between India and the United States, the report mentioned.
‘We don’t discuss democracy in third countries but we do hope the US… there were obviously some differences of perception (with respect to Bangladesh) that I noticed last time I was there (Washington), particularly in the dealing of the present government with some of their own internal institutions,’ Salman Khurshid told The Hindu.
Officials in the Ministry of External Affairs said they have been trying to close this difference of approach between India and the US for quite some time.
Besides, violent protests hit the country each time Jamaat-e-Islami leaders were arraigned by the courts and one senior leader was hanged, it said.
While prime minister Sheikh Hasina proposed an all-party interim government, Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia, the opposition leader, wants the caretaker government system to oversee the elections.
‘Bangladesh situation is obviously very uncertain and delicate because the opposition and the government have not been able to come to an agreement on how to proceed,’ Khurshid observed.
‘We don’t take sides on what happens in elections in a friendly country. For democracy to prosper there should at least be a commitment that violence will not be allowed to distort the democratic process,’ he added.

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