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Foreign minister: Actor Ferdous's actions in India regrettable

  • Published at 12:34 am April 18th, 2019
India has blacklisted Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed and cancelled his business visa for taking part in the Trinamool Congress' election campaign Twitter

However, the minister said the Indians had ‘over-reacted’ over the actor’s actions

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen described the actions of renowned actor Ferdous Ahmed as “regrettable,” but noted that the Indians are “over-reacting” on the issue.

“What he [Ferdous] has done is regrettable. At the same time, the way the Indians are strongly reacting to it, I feel they are over-reacting,” the minister told the Dhaka Tribune prior to a reception hosted by the Consular Corps in Bangladesh, an association of honorary consuls in Bangladesh, at a Dhaka hotel on Wednesday night.

When asked if any action would be taken against Ferdous, he said: “We have not yet discussed it amongst ourselves.”

Dr Momen said: “The Indian authorities have not yet contacted us in this regard.”

The Indian visa of the 45-year-old actor was cancelled for taking part in the election campaign for the Trinamool Congress. As a result, he had to promptly leave India. Ferdous was also blacklisted, which means he might be ineligible for a future Indian visa.

Senior officials of the Foreign Ministry also expressed their annoyance and frustration with Ferdous's actions, terming it “embarrassing” for the country.

"People of his stature must be mindful of their activities which may be harmful for the country," they said.

“Ferdous’s action is not only embarrassing, but foolish,” a senior official told this correspondent.

Officials also pointed out that Ferdous’s visa was cancelled at a time when  Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque was visiting India.

In his speech at the reception, attended by honorary consuls and envoys from various countries and Bangladesh government officials, the foreign minister said Bangladesh is a compassionate country, and providing shelter to 1.2 million Rohingyas is the proof of that.

He placed emphasis on cooperation from other countries, public-private partnerships, and partnerships between government and business, to develop the country.

"If this can be made possible, everyone will win," he added.

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