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Momen: Did not talk about Bangladesh election in India

The foreign minister says he only talked about maintaining stability in Bangladesh

Update : 22 Aug 2022, 04:52 PM

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said that he did not talk about next general election of Bangladesh during his recent India visit.

The foreign minister made claim after the cabinet meeting on Monday.

He said: “Sheikh Hasina’s government should remain in power – I did not say anything like this during my India visit. It is completely false.

“There was no talk about the election, I only talked about maintaining stability in Bangladesh. It is not even close to the allegations made against me,” he added.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen reportedly said that he urged the Indian government to back Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina so that she can stay in power at a Janmashtami program in Chittagong.

However, the following day, the foreign minister claimed he told the Indian government that Bangladesh would be happy if India helps the country in maintaining stability, noting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wants stability and communal harmony in Bangladesh.

Momen's remark drew flak from different quarters for the past few days. 

A legal notice has also been served seeking the resignation of the foreign minister in 48 hours, over his recent statement on India.

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