>FIVE caretaker government advisers held unofficial talks with four senior Awami League (AL) leaders today to discuss the nature and agenda of the upcoming dialogues between the government and political parties. (Click for full report)
They discussed five key points tabled by AL, which were AL chief Sheikh Hasina’s release from detention, the prospect of her travel overseas for medical treatment, the election schedule, lifting of the state of emergency, and rising food prices.
The government sat with AL as part of its ‘unofficial’ round of talks with political parties before it sends out official invitations to them for the proposed dialogues, which might begin as soon as the next week.
Sources said the four AL leaders met the five advisers after Hasina had given a green signal to his party colleagues for the meeting when she had appeared before a court earlier in the day.
The five government advisers at the meeting were Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff, Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury, Communications Adviser Ghulam Quader, Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman, and LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal.
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