The ambassador denies charges of irregularities, non-performance brought against him
Bangladesh Ambassador to Lebanon Abdul Motaleb Sarker, who was earlier recalled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will depart Beirut on February 20 to report to the headquarters.
He was recalled after a Foreign Ministry investigation found the allegations of irregularities and non-performance against the envoy to be true.
“The probe team, led by a senior ambassador, found the allegations against the envoy correct. Therefore, he has been recalled to the headquarters,” a highly-placed source at the Foreign Ministry told Dhaka Tribune.
However, Ambassador Sarker denied the charges against him, saying that he had been “victimized due to my good work creating problems for others.”
“There are some unscrupulous middlemen with political connection in Dhaka. They were not happy with my systematic work for the migrants. The future will prove that I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.
“I am leaving Lebanon on February 20,” he confirmed.
Despite repeated attempts, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam could not be reached for a comment.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen are currently with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her visit to Italy.
Sources at the Foreign Ministry said the government had already proposed a major general as the replacement for the current envoy.
His nomination is yet to be approved by the host country as there was no effective government in Lebanon from October last year till late January this year, they added.
Now that a functioning government is in place in Lebanon, it is expected that the new ambassador will take charge of the troubled embassy.
The previous ambassador to Lebanon, AFM Gousal Azam Sarker, now Bangladeshambassador to Iran, was also recalled in July 2014 on charges of irregularities.