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U.S. urges Bangladeshi parties for creditable election

(Xinhua)

08:36, February 17, 2012

DHAKA, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert O Blake on Thursday urged both the ruling Awami League and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to find out a way for holding a clean and credible general election slated in early 2014.

"The two major political parties should reach an agreement to fix a mechanism for holding a free, fair and credible election," Blake made the call at a press conference on Thursday concluding his three-day trip to Bangladesh.

The U.S. assistant secretary of state for South Asia and Central Asian affairs was hopeful that the two parties will come to an understanding on a fair election.

Blake arrived in Dhaka Tuesday on a three-day visit and met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni. The U.S. official met the BNP chief and two times prime minister Khaleda Zia on Wednesday and talked about the political situation in the country.

After the meeting with Khaleda Zia, the assistant secretary of state expressed the hope that both the ruling and opposition parties should reach an understanding for holding a clean and credible election.

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