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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

US Ambassador Visited Dhakeswari Temple

Dhaka, 25 December, ( U. S. Ambassador to Dhaka James F. Moriarty met with the minority leaders at the Dhakeshwari Temple on 23rd Dec 2008 at noon. He was there for two hours and had a tour of the temple. Mr. Moriarty sat with the minority leaders for a meeting also. In the meeting, Ambassador Moriarty told the minority leaders that he was fully aware of how the minorities were persecuted / tortured during the 2001 election period and the failure of the Caretaker government to protect the minorities. Dhakeswaei TempleDhakeswaei Temple

Then he told them it was particularly because of that, the US government asked the Caretaker Government to take specific measures to make sure that the minorities could vote without fear of reprisal and that they are protected. He said that his office was continuously monitoring the situation and hoped that the Government would indeed protect the minorities this time.

Upon thanking him for his visit/meeting, the minority leaders told the ambassador that the situation was satisfactory but they are scared that minority persecution may begin anytime now that Begum Zia has called upon the nation to save Islam by voting her to power.

The meeting was congenial. Among others it was attended by Professor Nim Chandra Bhowmick, Mr. Chittya Sarker, Advocate Subrata Chowdhury, Mr. Kajal Debnath, Mr. P. K. Hawlader, Ms. Manju Dhar, Mr. Anil Nath and Ms. Sabitri Bhattacharjiya.

Note that: On 19th Dec 2008, BHBCUC, USA met with the State Department official and had requested that the US ambassador needs to visit Dhakeswari Temple before election and Dr. Partha Mazumdar, Bangladesh Desk Officer did forwarded our request to Dhaka and the meeting finally was held. Source: BHBCOP, Dhaka.

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