Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Iwama Kiminori met BNP’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday and discussed Bangladesh’s next general election and the overall political situation.
Talking to reporters after the meeting at the BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office, the party’s standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said that Japan, like other democratic countries, wants to see a free, fair, and acceptable election in Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh’s relations with Japan expanded significantly since we started the free market economy dur-ing the BNP government. That is why they (Japan) want that relation to continue even if the government changes,” he said.
Chowdhury, along with the party’s Organizing Secretary Shama Obaid, was present at the meeting. They discussed the overall electoral system of Bangladesh and the current human rights situation, he said.
Like other countries, Japan might have concerns about Bangladesh’s next election, human rights situa-tion, rule of law, press freedom, and people’s security, the BNP leader said. “So, they want to under-stand what is happening in Bangladesh, what is going to happen in the future, and where is Bangladesh headed?” he said.