Senior Reporter: After the meeting with the German ambassador, the BNP leaders sat in a meeting with the Turkish ambassador amidst controversy over the statement.
Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Osman Turan visited the BNP chairperson’s office in Gulshan at 11 am on Sunday. Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member of the BNP’s standing committee, said that Turkish Deputy Ambassador Kamal Burak Temizel was also with the ambassador at the closed-door meeting.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is accompanied by Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and organizing secretary Shama Obaid.
German Ambassador Akhim Troster held a meeting with BNP leaders at his office in Gulshan on March 18.
After the meeting, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury told reporters that various issues including the political situation, upcoming elections, and human rights have been raised in their discussions.
Asked what the German ambassador said about human rights and democracy in Bangladesh, he said, “Everyone in the world is aware of human rights and democracy in Bangladesh. There is nothing new to say here. As you know, there is a global discussion about these.
“They are concerned about this. They are a part of the global discussion on Bangladesh. The European Union has said, America has said, Britain has said, everyone is saying.
The German ambassador expressed his dissatisfaction with the statement on April 20 at an event organized by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DACAB).
He said: “The quote I read did not match the reality. “I am concerned about the human rights situation and democracy in the country,” he said. Choosing such words is not true. I am dissatisfied with this quote. “
The next day, the BNP secretary general complained that the German ambassador had not said the right thing.
“After the meeting, he (Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury) never said that quoting the German ambassador, he did not say anything.”
“What he (Amir Khasru) has said in general is exactly what he (the ambassador) did, Miss Quote.”