Bangladesh summons Western envoys after poll violence remarks

Foreign ministry official says Western envoys showed ‘undiplomatic attitude’ after they issued statement protesting attack on independent candidate.

The US ambassador to Bangladesh leaves after meeting with foreign ministry officials on Wednesday, July 26. [AFP]

Published On 26 Jul 202326 Jul 2023

Bangladesh’s foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned 13 Western ambassadors after they issued a joint statement against an attack on an independent candidate during a recently-held parliamentary by-election.

The envoys, including from the United States, Britain, France and the European Union, had condemned a July 17 attack on Ashraful Alom, an independent who stood against the winning ruling Awami League (AL) party candidate in the capital Dhaka.

Alom, an actor and social media star also known as Hero Alom, was beaten in an attack in a polling centre in Banani in Dhaka. His party has alleged that the physical assault was carried out by supporters of the ruling party. ….