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Momen: Dhaka keeps trust in Delhi’s assurance over NRC

  • Published at 05:40 pm November 26th, 2019
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Minor issues in the process will go away, foreign minister says

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh believes in India’s assurance over National Registration of Citizens (NRC) issue. 

“NRC is an internal matter of India and it will in no way affect Bangladesh,” Momen told reporters after attending a function in the city on Tuesday, reports UNB.

He said this referring to India’s repeated commitments and assurances to Bangladesh over the issue.

When a reporter wanted to know about the entry of some people into Bangladesh, the foreign minister said he is seeing some media reports but he does not know anything officially about it. “I don’t understand what’s the panic….”

He said that it will not be wise for him to make any comment unless he comes to know about it officially.

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained 32 people while entering Bangladesh from India through Daulatpur border in Benapole, Jessore early Sunday.

The detained people include 13 women and two children.

BGB conducted the drive based on a tip off and detained them from a mango orchard, BGB 49 commander Mozammel Hossain said.

Momen added there are issues among neighbouring countries in other parts of the world and there are some minor issues with India but major ones were resolved in a very mature way.

He mentioned about the height of maturity of leadership, mutual trust and confidence between Bangladesh and India. “Minor issues in the process will go away.” 

In September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina that the NRC in India will have no impact on Bangladesh and there is no need to be worried about it.

India on Saturday published the final citizenship list in the state of Assam that excluded nearly 2 million people amid fears they could be rendered stateless, reports AP.

The list, known as the National Register of Citizens, intends to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from the state.

A total of 31.1m people were included in the list, leaving out 1.9m people, according to a statement from the Assam government.