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19 July, 2018 08:24:01 AM

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Germany wants ‘minimum democratic standards’ polls in Bangladesh

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Germany wants ‘minimum democratic standards’ polls in Bangladesh

Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen willhave "political talks" with Bangladesh leadership on Thursday as Germany wants to see the next national election meets "minimum democratic standards" in Bangladesh, reports UNB.

While in Dhaka, the German Minister will have political talks with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali as well as a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Among the topics of foreign and regional affairs under discussion, particular focus will be on the Rohingya crisis, said the German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

Prior to his arrival in Dhaka on Wednesday afternoon, Minister of State Annen said, "On my first official trip to Dhaka, we will be talking about the response to the Rohingya crisis, for which Bangladesh deserves our respect and to which Germany is also providing important assistance."

He said he will also use his discussions with unions and textile buyers to call for sustainable and humane working conditions in the local textile industry.

The Minister of State, who is now on a three-day visit, will meet members of the political opposition and hold talks with representatives of civil society.

"His intention is to hear about current developments in the human rights situation in Bangladesh," reads the German Foreign Ministry statement.

Germany is providing humanitarian assistance and stabilisation projects to support Bangladesh, which has taken in more than a million Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar.

Annen will therefore also meet representatives of international aid organisations and the German Red Cross, it said.

During this visit, an agreement will be signed on the production and use of biometric e-passports in Bangladesh - the largest-ever German-Bangladeshi business project.

Germany has been one of the most important consumers of clothing made in Bangladesh for some years, and it is calling for humane standards of occupational health and safety and other labour rights for the millions, most of them women, who work in the sector.

Before arrival in Dhaka, the German Minister visited New Delhi and held talks on various issues with Indian leaders.

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