Western comments on democracy irk Bangladesh

March 21st, 2008 - 2:46 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Gordon Brown

Dhaka, March 21 (IANS) Bangladesh is irked by meetings Western diplomats here are having with politicians and comments on the political situation in the country. Without naming any country, the foreign office said that a section of the Bangladeshi media considered comments by diplomats on the political situation as interference in Bangladesh’s internal affairs.

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, the foreign affairs advisor to the caretaker government, said Bangladesh believed in having friendship with all countries but that “friendship and interference are two different things”.

The United News of Bangladesh quoted him as saying: “Bangladeshi people are in charge of shaping their own destiny…

“The diplomatic agents concerned are urged to take note of this fact, and act in consonance with these sentiments.”

Dhaka’s comments came a day after Britain called for early elections and a return to democracy in a statement issued by Prime Minister Gordon Brown during the visit to London of Bangladesh Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed.

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