‘We’ll ensure necessary protection and security during his visit’
There is no reason to be worried about the opposition to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh by a group of people, said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Saturday.
“Some people have been carrying out campaigns against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka. Bangladesh is a democratic country where people have the freedom of expression,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference at the Foreign Service Academy, the minister also said: “People are with us. Only a few can oppose this visit and let them do it. We’ve no reason to be concerned about the matter.”
He mentioned the government is proud that the Indian prime minister is coming to Bangladesh accepting the invitation.
“We’ll ensure necessary protection and security during his visit.”
Momen said the government will also provide all-out security to all the heads of state and government coming to Bangladesh, and will run all their programs as usual, maintaining the social distancing rules.
The country’s people and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina know very well how to deal with the fundamentalists, he added.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said five heads of government of the South Asia region are mainly coming here to join the celebrations of 50 years of independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, not only for bilateral talks.
“So, I urge those who’re giving different opinions to show respect for the invited guests if they have respect for the Bangabandhu as Father of the Nation and love for the country.”
He also asked Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and other parties and groups having links with BNP to refrain from exhibiting double-standards by opposing Modi’s visits since they tried to appease the Indian prime minister during his first term of government.
Replying to a question whether Modi’s visit to Gopalganj’s Matua community’ has any link to politics and West Bengal assembly elections, Momen said: “It’s not the concern of Bangladesh whether his visit has any link to politics.”
“We’re happy that Modi will visit different places outside Dhaka. He’s our guest and he’s willing to go outside Dhaka. It’ll help grow our tourism sector. So, it’s a good thing for us.”
Modi is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on March 26.
He will visit Bangabandhu Memorial in Tungipara and Orakandi, a sacred shrine of the “Matua” community in Gopalganj.