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FM Momen rules out Arab Spring possibility in Bangladesh

  • Washington made no comments
  • Russia accused the US of direct intervention for the second time
Update : 17 Dec 2023, 01:41 PM

Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen on Sunday ruled out any possibility of an Arab Spring in Bangladesh as feared by Russia after the January 7 elections.

Russia has accused the United States is planning a series of events to destabilize the situation in Bangladesh after the elections.

"If the results of the people's will are not satisfactory to the United States, attempts to further destabilize the situation in Bangladesh along the lines of the ‘Arab Spring’ are likely," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson MV Zakharova said.

However, Washington has not made any comments yet.

This is the second time Russia has accused the US of direct intervention in Bangladesh politics.

Earlier, the US termed Moscow's allegations that the US ambassador aided anti-government rallies in Dhaka as a “deliberate mischaracterization” of the US foreign policy and Peter Haas’s meetings.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen, replying to a question on superpowers statements on Bangladesh, said: "We don't want to be dragged into any problem."

"We maintain a balanced and sovereign foreign policy. We maintain democratic processes. I don't think there is any chance of an Arab Spring," he said.

The Arab Spring or the First Arab Spring was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. It began in Tunisia in response to corruption and economic stagnation.

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