The high commissioner said the United Kingdom (UK) and their international partners support the "plural and transparent" democracy in Bangladesh provided in the constitution.

Highlighting the importance of a credible election commission, he said it will be easier for everybody to have a "productive friendship" with Bangladesh if the election is carried out in a way which is "free, fair and credible."

Dickson said there will be better relationship between Bangladesh and its friends after a credible election.

Globally, he said, long term stability and economic growth flourish best in open and democratic societies with strong institutions, public accountability and competitive elections.

The envoy appreciated the milestones such as the election commission formation process and laid emphasis on strong commitments from all parties on a "free and fair" process.

He said they are supporting the Covid-19 pandemic response in Bangladesh and provided 4.1 million vaccines under Covax in December last year. "We hope to provide more soon."

DRU president Nazrul Islam Mithu and general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also spoke welcoming the envoy.

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