US President Barack Obama discussed the Bangladesh situation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his just-concluded visit to New Delhi, a White House senior director has said, reports news agency.
It was widely believed that Obama would discuss Bangladesh as he was visiting its close neighbour, India, where he touched upon a whole range of regional issues.
But, now, for the first time, it has been officially disclosed.
Phil Reiner, Senior Director, South Asia Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House, said this while replying to questions at a Washington press conference on Monday.
The briefing was on Obama’s India tour.
Obama was the first US President to be invited to India’s Republic Day celebrations.
The two leaders discussed regional peace and security.
Reiner was asked about Obama’s view on Bangladesh’s current situation as he and Modi discussed regional peace and security issues.
“Obviously, the situation in Bangladesh is a tense one, but I think the two leaders during this visit were able to point to the power of democratic forces and what it can do to empower all of its citizens.”
Reiner, replying to another question, said he had been able to see during the conversation between Obama and Modi that “the role that India’s democratic process and the example that it sets can play”.
“We have seen the power of that, the symbolic element of the world’s largest democratic election in history and the example that that it can set, perhaps, if we look to the situation in Sri Lanka.”