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‘Statements on Abrar killing beyond diplomatic norms’

  • Published at 12:01 am October 16th, 2019
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Installation of Indian radars won’t affect ties with China, says Momen

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen slammed diplomats on Tuesday for issuing statements on the murder of Buet student Abrar Fahad, and accused them of going beyond their norms.

He also said that our relationship with China will not be affected due to the installation of Indian radars on the coasts of Bangladesh.

“It’s unnecessary. Four people were killed in New York recently and one in Texas. [The US] Government is not killing them. The United Nations never speaks about those killings. School children are killed and no one issues any statement,” Foreign Minister Momen said when asked about the statements issued by diplomats after the Abrar killing.

“On the other hand, an accident has taken place in Bangladesh, and the government has taken strong action right away. It has to be acknowledged.On day one, the government said the perpetrators will be captured and will be awarded the highest punishment,” he said.

“Even after that, why are there so many talks? It seems to me they go beyond their norms,” he added.

Dr Momen went on to say that 51 worshippers were killed in New Zealand, for which Bangladesh expressed regret but did not blame the government of that country.

“But, here, there is a tendency of blaming the government. I think it should stop,” he said.

Asked whether the installation of Indian radars on the Bangladeshi coasts will affect Dhaka’s relations with Beijing, he said “nothing will happen.”

Pirates steal fish from the maritime territory of Bangladesh and, due to the country’s limitations, it cannot be stopped, he said. He added that, with the radars, Bangladesh will have better watch over its ocean.

The foreign minister also said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the18th summit of the heads of state and government of the Non-Aligned Movement, to be held on October 25 and 26 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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