Peter Haas Expresses Concern Over Violent Political Rhetoric

Desk Report

Published: 15 Nov 2023, 12:38 pm

Peter Haas at Secretariat || Photo: Collected

Peter Haas at Secretariat || Photo: Collected

US Ambassador Peter Haas has expressed deep concern over the violent political rhetoric that has been directed against the people in the US Embassy.

"The United States remains neutral in the upcoming elections, we want free and fair elections in a peaceful manner," said the ambassador following a meeting with the General Secretary of Awami League and Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader around 11:30am on Wednesday (November 15).

He also said, "We are on no political party's side. We call on all sides to de-escalate, to avoid violence, and try to figure out a way to have a dialogue without preconditions to help make the election conditions better."

Earlier on 6 November, Chattogram's Banshkhali upazila's Chambol union chairman and Union Awami League convener Mujibul Haque Chowdhury threatened to beat Peter Haas. He broadcast his statement live on his Facebook, according to media reports.

Following the incident, the United States on 9 November said they expect the host government of any country to take all appropriate measures to maintain the safety and security of their personnel and facilities.

"Safety and security of our diplomatic personnel and our diplomatic facilities is of utmost importance. I think such kind of violent rhetoric is deeply unhelpful," said Principal Deputy Spokesperson at the US Department of State Vedant Patel when asked about the remarks made by a local union-level Awami League leader Mujibul Haque Chowdhury.

Later on 10 November, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed to take measures against the individual.

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