India not pushing anyone into Bangladesh: FM

Published: 15 Dec 2019   

Online Desk

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said India is not pushing anybody into Bangladesh but some people are coming with the help of middlemen with an impression that one can have free food here.


He said the government will send them back if anybody other than Bangladesh citizens enters the country through the Bangladesh-India border without following the due process, reports UNB.


The Foreign Minister said Bangladesh requested India to give the list if there is any Bangladeshi living in India illegally.


“Let’s know it (Bangladesh seeks info from India),” he told reporters at the Foreign Affairs Ministry adding that there is a standard procedure to follow in that case.


Dr Momen highlighted Bangladesh’s socioeconomic development while joblessness in India in some cases.


He said those who are Bangladesh citizens have the right to come back to Bangladesh but others will be sent back.


Responding to a question on National Register of Citizenship (NRC), he said India termed it their internal matter and assured Bangladesh that it will in no way affect Bangladesh.


"The Bangladesh-India relations are normal. The relations won’t be affected…the relations are very sweet," said the Foreign Minister explaining reasons behind cancellation of his New Delhi visit.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said the scheduled visit of Dr Momen was cancelled due to his ‘busy schedule’ at home ahead of Martyred Intellectuals Day and Victory Day, said a senior official on Thursday.


India also termed its relations with Bangladesh "very strong" and brushed aside speculations over the last-minute cancellation of Dr Momen's New Delhi visit.


"We’ve been informed by Bangladesh side that the change in the programme was due to domestic issues related to commemoration of Bangladesh Victory Day on December 16," official spokesperson at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar told reporters at a briefing in New Delhi on Thursday.


He termed speculations linking the cancellation of the visit to the Indian Parliament’s adoption of the Citizenship Amendment Bill "unwarranted." 


The MEA spokesperson ruled out the speculation, saying: "There have been unwarranted speculations..." 

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