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Joy slams US Embassy in Dhaka over Priya Saha comment

  • Published at 02:41 pm July 21st, 2019
Sajeeb Wazed Joy
File photo of Prime Minister's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy Dhaka Tribune

US Embassy declined to comment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son and Information Technology (ICT) Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has come down hard on the United States Embassy in Dhaka over the issue of Priya Saha.

Sajeeb Wazed wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday afternoon alleging that "the US Embassy is the one that had an ulterior motive here."

"They picked Priya Saha because they knew she would make this outrageous statement," the post read.

When contacted the US Embassy in Dhaka declined to make any comment on the statement made by Joy, who resides in the US.

“We do not have any comment on this,” a US Embassy official said Sunday.  

Joy said: "Fortunately for us, US President Trump and his administration have a very different policy of non intervention in foreign affairs. They are also not so stupid to believe such a ridiculous claim."

In the post, Joy demanded that the US Embassy should refute "an obviously false and outrageous statement made by one of their selected participants to their own Head of State…" as he says in the post that "She [Priya Saha] was a member of a delegation selected by the US Embassy in Dhaka."

Priya Saha, a Bangladeshi national, participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on July 16-18.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also attended the meeting.

Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 foreign ministers, took part in the meeting at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state.

A video clip, that later went viral on social media, showed Priya, one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, pleading to US President Donald Trump to save 18 million people of minority groups in Bangladesh from persecution.

She alleged that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from the country, persecuted at the hands of fundamentalist Muslims groups, who enjoyed political support.

Earlier on Saturday, a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry termed Priya's allegations as "blatant lies" and said there was an ulterior motive behind Priya's "absolutely false and concocted stories", and they were targeted to malign Bangladesh.

It said that Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages.