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Momen: No evidence received on alleged death threat to Peter Haas

  • ‘We can't close someone's mouth with glue’
  • People of Bangladesh believe in freedom of expression
Update : 19 Nov 2023, 04:42 PM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said that nobody gave him evidence of the alleged death threat issued against US Ambassador in Dhaka Peter Haas 

"We can't close someone's mouth with glue. But yes, if someone does wrong, we will take action against him, we are taking action," he said while replying to a question.

"I should not speak about it. If you are a politician, one party or the other will make statements about you. We, who are in public life will make public statements about us. And if you stay out of politics, no one will blame you for these things. And who said what and where, you didn't give us any evidence. We need evidence first," he said when asked to make a comment on the death threat by a rural level Awami League leader as reported by media.

Dr Momen said in Bangladesh, people believe in free thought, freedom of speech, and freedom of media. 

He said: “We are committed to providing security to all diplomats. We abide by the Vienna Convention.”

He also asked all to follow the Vienna Convention.

Earlier, a three-member delegation of the Cross-Party Delegation of the Scottish Parliament met the foreign minister at his office. Of them, Foysol Choudhury of Scottish Labour, was born in Bangladesh, and moved to Edinburgh 35 years ago. He is a businessman too.

Miles Briggs of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and Evelyn Tweed of the Scottish National Party are the other members.


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