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Home minister also cancels India visit

  • Published at 08:52 pm December 12th, 2019
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Earlier on Thursday, the foreign ministry confirmed that Momen has cancelled has New Delhi visit due to state programs of the Dec 16 Victory Day

After Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen cancelled his visit to India, the home minister has also scrapped his visit to the neighbouring country.

Minister Asaduzzaman Khan was scheduled to travel to the North-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya on Friday (Dec 13) on the invitation by Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma.

"The visit has been postponed. The minister will visit Meghalaya in a convenient time later, which may be in January and February," said Sharif Mahmdud, the public relations officer to the home ministry.

Earlier on Thursday, the foreign ministry confirmed that Momen has cancelled has New Delhi visit due to state programs of the Dec 16 Victory Day.

Momen was scheduled to fly on Thursday on a three-day visit to attend the sixth edition of the Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD) and have a discussion on bilateral issues with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on the sidelines.

The cancellations come a day after Dhaka voiced its concerns over the citizenship bill that was passed by the Indian parliament on Wednesday.

According to the legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

Hours earlier India's upper house passed the bill, Foreign Minister Momen told the media in Dhaka that it could weaken India’s historic character as a secular nation and rejected the allegations that the minorities are facing religious persecution in Bangladesh.

“India is historically a tolerant country which beliefs in secularism (but) their historic position will be weakened if they deviate from that,” he said.