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Momen urges foreign diplomats to maintain protocol, norms

  • Published at 05:10 pm May 9th, 2020
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Momen asked the diplomats to jointly come up with a statement expressing their concerns over issues and current situation in Rakhine

Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen have asked foreign diplomats to maintain protocols in expressing concerns over Bangladesh’s internal issues calling “very unfortunate” a concerted tweet campaign of a group in the diplomatic corps over legal actions involving a section of the media.

Momen made the remarks in a video statement circulated to media through internet on Saturday, reports BSS.

He said: “They could have conveyed their complaint, if any, to the foreign ministry maintaining the protocol . . . but instead they issued public statements, visibly opting for a political exercise going beyond any diplomatic norm.”

A visibly annoyed Momen questioned whether these diplomats “wanted to do politics or contest elections in this country”.

Seven ambassadors including that of the United States and United Kingdom on Thursday issued a tweet in nearly identical language highlighting importance of the press and media freedom to ensure access to reliable and fact-based information on Covid-19 pandemic.

Momen said he would have been happy if the diplomats would have jointly come up with a statement expressing their concerns over issues and current situation in Rakhine and urge Myanmar to stop Rohingya purging right away.

The minister, however, described the envoys to be sensible persons with commendable wisdom and expected their qualities to guide them in maintaining the diplomatic norms.

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