US motive good, we welcomed it: Mujibul Haque

Jatiya Party secretary general Md Mujibul Haque

Jatiya Party's secretary general Mujibul Haque Chunnu welcomed the fresh US visa policy for Bangladesh, adding "Their (US) motive is good as they want a free, fair and competitive election here".

Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party leaders held a meeting with the US ambassador Peter Haas on Thursday, a day after the US announced its bar on visas to Bangladeshis responsible for undermining democratic election process.

AL’s information and research affairs secretary Selim Mahmud and central leader Md A Arafat, BNP’s standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and international affairs secretary Shama Obaid, Jatiya Party’s secretary general Mujibul Haque Chunnu and presidium member Major (retd) Rana Mohammad Sohel were present during the meeting.

AL leaders refrained from talking to journalists following the meeting but BNP and JaPa leaders welcomed the US announcement.

Mujibul Haque Chunnu said, "The US visa policy on Bangladesh suggests that the country wants a fair election here that will be a competitive one. Our party also agrees with this. We said we don’t have any objection regarding the visa policy the US government has announced. It is their matter if they take any action regarding visas against those who will try to manipulate the elections."

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Dhaka in a Facebook post said ambassador Peter Haas met Thursday with representatives of the Bangladesh Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party-BNP, and Jatiya Party.

"We support free and fair elections. The new visa policy to restrict visas to those who undermine the democratic process applies to everyone," reads the Facebook status.