Vol. 5 Num 1046 Sat. May 12, 2007  
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US congressmen for fair, early election in Bangladesh

US congressmen have expressed their desire to see a free and fair election in Bangladesh at the earliest possible time.

They appreciated the government's measures to fight corruption but stressed the need for observance of due process of law, according to a release received from Bangladesh mission in Washington.

The views were expressed on Thursday by congressmen Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, James Mcdermott, co-chair of the House Sub-Committee on Trade, Joseph Crowley, co-chair of Bangladesh Congressional Caucus, Gregory Meeks, Steve Chabot, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Chris Van Hollen during meetings with special envoy Farooq Sobhan in Washington.

Terming Sobhan's visit timely, Congressman Joseph Crowley assured him of supporting the cause of Bangladesh in the US Congress.

The special envoy urged the congressmen for their support in the passage of "Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies (TRADE) Act", which, he said, would give Bangladesh's economy a huge boost without affecting America's other trade partners.

Farooq Sobhan explained to them how the export-oriented garment sector is contributing largely to empowerment of women and alleviation of poverty in Bangladesh.

The congressmen assured their support for "TRADE" Bill. Congressman Charles Rangel said, "We want people of Bangladesh to get out of poverty and enjoy democracy." He gave assurance of total support for countries like Bangladesh in their effort to alleviate poverty through trade.