Dhaka’s Diplomacy Demands Deeper Dexterity
Elections are over. Results are as anticipated. PM Hasina will lead Bangladesh for the fourth consecutive term. All concerns about how the elections will be are somewhat irrelevant now. The international community has begun responding to the elections of Bangladesh. On the morning of January 8, envoys of Russia, India, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Brazil, Srilanka, Philippines, Singapore, Morocco, and even the diplomatic representative of Aga Khan Development Network paid a courtesy call on PM Hasina and congratulated her on her fourth term as PM of Bangladesh. Fifty countries have permanent envoys in Bangladesh and 11 of them have congratulate PM Hasina on her victory. The courtesy call is highly indicative of how the election or rather the election results are being received at least in the immediate region. More importantly, China, Russia, and India congratulating Bangladesh is quite significant. At the same time, the US and UK have also acknowledged the elections underscoring various but anticipated concerns.