BNP apparently has failed in foreign diplomacy to make appointment for party chief Khaleda Zia’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his recent three-day official visit to Dhaka.
The BNP leaders responsible for maintaining party’s international relations tried their best to arrange schedule of the Palestine president, but failed, party sources said.
Earlier, whenever any head of government or state of a country visited Bangladesh, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia met them as usual but she failed this time.
Asked why there has been no meeting between the Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas and BNP chief Khaleda Zia, party leader Mahbubur Rahman said maybe the Palestine leader couldn’t manage time.
“Meeting with any head of government or state of a country depends on availability of time and situation,” Mahbubur, a standing committee member of BNP, said.
The Palestinian president left Dhaka on February 3 wrapping up his three-day official visit to Bangladesh. During his stay in Dhaka, he met President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban and led a Palestinian delegation to official talks at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 2.
He also held a tete-a-tete with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the PMO on on February 2.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushan Ershad also met him the following day.
President Mahmoud Abbas’ entourage included Palestinian foreign minister Riad Al Maliki, chief justice Mahmuod SA Alhabbash, presidential spokesman Nabil Aburudainah and adviser for diplomatic affairs Majdi AM Khalidi.
Party insiders said the last year’s meeting between BNP joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury and Israeli Likud party leader Mendi N Safadi, known as Mossad agent, is blamed for such incident.
They think that the Palestine President might not be interested to have any talks BNP chief Khaleda Zia due to her party leader Aslam Chowdhury’s meeting with Safadi.
Aslam was arrested from Kuril Bishwa Road area in the capital on May 15 under Section 54 on charge of hatching conspiracy with Israel to topple the government.
On 26 May 2016, DB inspector Golam Rabbani filed a sedition case against Aslam with Gulshan police station in the city.
The BNP leader had faced severe criticism after his photographs with Israeli politician Mendi N Safadi went viral on social media.
Newspapers ran reports that Aslam conspired with Mendi to overthrow the Bangladesh government.
The ruling AL leaders claimed that the meeting between Aslam and Mendi was part of a conspiracy to unseat the AL-led with the help of Israeli spy agency Mossad.
Safadi later admitted that he met with BNP joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury in India. In an interview to BBC over phone from Israel, Safadi, however, claimed they had no secret discussion at the meet.
BNP international affairs secretary Masud Ahmed Talukder told daily sun “It is a custom that meeting will be held between BNP chief and head of the government or any high official of any country. During the current regime it is seen that sometimes exceptional is happening.”
Replying to a question as whether the meeting between Aslam and Safadi was any barrier to holding meeting between Palestine President and BNP chief, he said “It is not right. BNP has good relations with Palestine. The meeting with Safadi was personal matter of Aslam, not political.”
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh