Al-Qaeda has no presence in Bangladesh: Info Minister
Publish- January 18, 2021, 07:51 PM
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Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said al-Qaeda has no presence in Bangladesh as claimed in a “thoughtless remark” by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“Our Foreign Ministry has strongly protested against the remark. It’s unfortunate when such thoughtless statements come from the secretary of state of a country like the USA,” he told reporters at the Secretariat.
Mahmud referred to the Jan 6 US Capitol insurrection in which five people were killed, and said no such attack took place in Bangladesh or neighbouring countries. The FBI has warned of armed protests ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
“Considering the current situation of the US, I think they should focus more on tackling homegrown extremism,” the minister said.
He sidestepped a question on whether he thinks Bangladesh’s law and order situation is better than the USA.
If any such claim could be substantiated with evidence, Bangladesh would be happy to take necessary measures against such activities, Dhaka said.
"However, if such a statement is made out of speculation, Bangladesh considers it very unfortunate, specially in the context of the ever-growing bilateral ties between the two friendly countries based on shared values, peace and common goals," reads the statement issued by MoFA.