It was interesting to see that Khaleda Zia could manage a nearly hour long audience with newly appointed Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz during the latter’s visit. With King Abdullah’s deteriorating health, Salman is most likely to be the next King. Nayef was not going to make it too long as crown prince anyway. Everybody knew that.
But this is not surprising given BNP’s historical links with the Kingdom. What was surprising was Khaleda’s hour long chat with Clinton at her home. During government talks, Hillary even did not use the napkins provided by GOB. Apparently she brought everything from USA, even water bottles. In Government meeting with Hasina/ Dipu moni Hillary did not touch anything. But when Hillary visited KZ, she ate rosogolla, drank coconut water etc. Hillary is a master of body language. Continue reading
শেখ হাসিনা বা বেগম খালেদার সাথে সাক্ষাতেরও তাৎপর্যও এই পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে গৌন। বরং বাংলাদেশে হিলারি যে সকল বেসরকারি প্রতিষ্ঠান বা ব্যক্তির সাথে দেখা করবেন সেটাই হবে তার সফরে সবচেয়ে তাৎপর্যপূর্ণ দিক। সেটা দেখা ও বোঝার অপেক্ষায় রইলাম।
The significance of meeting Sheikh Hasina or Begum Khaleda is relatively minor in this context. Rather, the most significant aspect of her trip would be the non-government institutions or individuals Hillary will meet in Bangladesh. Waiting to see and understand that.
That’s what the renowned anti-imperialist and lungi aficionado Farhad Mazhar wrote in Jamaati newspaper Naya Diganta ahead of HRC’s Dhaka trip. After the trip, scratching our ear, head, and other less auspicious parts of our body, Gilti, adb5 and yours truly had a discussion.