Release of Sheikh Hasina for treatment positive step:India

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New Delhi, Jun 12 (UNI) India has reiterated commitment to a peaceful, stable, prosperous and a liberal democratic Bangladesh and hoped for free and fair elections leading to full restoration of democracy in the country.

The External Affairs Ministry, describing as ''a positive step'' the release of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for medical treatment, said the caretaker government and political parties would be able to achieve a constructive outcome from the political dialogue currently underway.

''We are closely following evolving political situation in Bangladesh. The release of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for medical treatment is a positive step by the caretaker Government,'' an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said.

He hoped that both the caretaker Government and the political parties would be able to achieve a constructive outcome from the political dialogue that is currently underway.

''We reiterate our expectation of due process of law, basic human rights and free, fair, credible elections leading to full restoration of democracy in Bangladesh.

As a close and friendly neighbour, India remains committed to seeing a peaceful, stable, prosperous and a liberal democratic Bangladesh,'' the spokesman added.

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