Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings the British high commissioner in Bangladesh has had with the Bangladeshi Government to encourage the stability of that country.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

Our high commissioner in Bangladesh has engaged extensively with representatives of the Government and with all political parties in Bangladesh. Since the 5 January election, this has included Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and members of her new Cabinet and the Chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Begum Zia. He has urged all parties to act in line with the interests of the people of Bangladesh; to work together to strengthen democratic accountability as an urgent priority; and to build the willingness and capacity to hold future participatory elections free from intimidation and reprisals.

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