'The United States invited members of religious communities, civil society, and government officials from 106 countries including Bangladesh to participate in ‘2019 Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom’ held in Washington'
The US Embassy in Dhaka has said Washington does not restrict any participant from expressing his or her views in any event sponsored by their country.
“The United States is a strong supporter of religious freedom and freedom of expression. The US does not restrict participants’ freedom to express their views at any US-sponsored event,” an official of the US Embassy in Dhaka told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday when asked for comments regarding the remarks made by Priya Saha, an organizing secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, during her conversation with US President Donald Trump at the White House.
A video clip, that later went viral on social media, showed Priya Saha pleading with the US President to save 18 million people of minority groups in Bangladesh from persecution.
“The United States invited members of religious communities, civil society and government officials from 106 countries including Bangladesh to participate in ‘2019 Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom’ held in Washington,” the US Embassy official added.
The video clip also showed Priya alleging that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from the country, persecuted at the hands of fundamentalist Muslims groups, who enjoy political support.
Eight persons from Bangladesh, including Priya Saha, participated in the event at the invitation of the US government, he said, adding that they all were from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian religions along with the officials of government of Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen also participated in the event, said the official.
“The ministerial participants were invited to speak about their experiences about religious freedom,” he added.