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Bangladesh not invited in Biden’s Summit for Democracy

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Published: 15:23, 24 November 2021  
Bangladesh not invited in Biden’s Summit for Democracy

The United States has not invited Bangladesh to President Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy, which is supposed to be joined by 110 countries.

The invitees include India, Pakistan and Nepal from the South Asian region. Afghanistan and Sri Lanka also did not make it to the list published by the White House.

The virtual event is scheduled to be held on December 9 and December 10, with the aim of helping stop democratic backsliding and the erosion of rights and freedoms worldwide.

Washington has invited Taiwan to the summit -- a move likely to irk China.

China, Turkey and Russia are not included in the list.

Israel is considered a major non-Nato ally by the US, and Iraq is the only two countries invited from the Middle East.

Meanwhile, traditional Arab allies of the US -- Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE -- have not been invited.

The list also includes Brazil even though its president, Jair Bolsonaro, has long been condemned for his far-right views and was a staunch supporter of the controversial former US President Donald Trump. 

Rights groups have questioned whether the summit can push those world leaders who are invited, some accused of harboring authoritarian tendencies, to take meaningful action.

The State Department list shows the event will bring together mature democracies such as France and Sweden but also countries such as the Philippines, India and Poland, where activists say democracy is under threat, reports Reuters.
Dhaka Tribune

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