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Gastright calls for flexible approach to political crisis

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Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNI) US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs John Gastright today called on all political parties to show a flexible approach and think with an open mind to have a creative solution to the present political crisis ahead of the general elections in Bangladesh.

He said the US strongly support the interim caretaker government in its efforts to hold free, fair, credible and non-violent elections in Bangladesh.

''We have discussed our strong support for the caretaker government in its efforts to move forward with the free, fair, credible and non-violent elections in the days ahead and we look forward to supporting that process as well,'' he told reporters after his meetings with Finance Advisor Dr Akbar Ali Khan and Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin.

Mr Gastright, who came here today on a 2-day visit, said the political parties should come forward and work together in a sprit of cooperation for the benefit of Bangladesh.

He hoped the current initiatives of the caretaker government would help resolve the problems relating to the election commission and electoral roll and would be successful in moving the country towards the national elections slated for January 21 next year.

Replying a question, Mr Gastright said he has come here not to decide what is right for Bangladesh but said, ''I am here to urge the parties to work together, I am confident the Advisors and parties would come to a solution.'' During his stay, Mr Gastright would meet political leaders, including former Prime Minister and four party alliance Chief Khaleda Zia and former opposition leader and 14-party alliance Chief Sheikh Hasina and business leaders.

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