Engagement with Hifazat-e-Islam is ‘positive’: EU

MNA Editorial Desk: The European Union Head of the Delegation in Dhaka finds the government’s approach in engaging with the Islamist group Hifazat-e-Islam ‘positive’.

“If initiatives are taken to engage with some components of society who otherwise would have been left aside….i think it is positive,” ambassador Pierre Mayaudon said on Monday.

The question raised in light of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent invitation to Hifazat leaders to visit her residence.

“This inclusive society rallies long objectives which are consensual objectives of bringing forward socio-economic agenda, and development agenda of Bangladesh. No quarters, no segments of the society, of population should be left aside,” he said.

He was speaking to a select group of journalists at the office of the EU Delegation ahead of the Europe Day that falls on 9 May.

The diplomat, who is likely to leave Dhaka by August-end completing his tenure, hoped that the next election will be an occasion of all the citizens of Bangladesh.

The ambassador, however, said the EU has a universal agenda to promote free, fair and inclusive election, and it is their ‘wish’ to see Bangladesh responds to that pillar.

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