Bangladesh overseas ministry assertion says ‘there is no such thing as a proof of any presence of al-Qaeda’ within the South Asian nation.
Bangladesh has strongly condemned remarks by United States’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, labelling the South Asian nation as a spot the place the al-Qaeda group carried out assaults.
“Such irresponsible feedback by a senior chief are very unlucky and unacceptable. Bangladesh strongly rejects these form of baseless remarks and falsification,” Bangladesh’s overseas ministry mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
In a press release printed a day earlier than on the US State Division’s web site, Pompeo implicated some international locations as “terror hubs”, drawing criticism from a number of quarters.
He additionally termed Iran as a brand new home base of al-Qaeda, a comment additionally protested by Tehran.
“Think about too the potential to fully upend fragile locations with a longtime al-Qaeda presence like Libya, Yemen, and the Maghreb, or enhance turmoil in locations like Bangladesh, the place al-Qaeda cells have carried out assaults,” Pompeo mentioned within the assertion.
In response, the Bangladesh overseas ministry assertion mentioned “there is no such thing as a proof of any presence of al-Qaeda” within the Muslim-majority nation and confused that it maintains a “zero tolerance” coverage in opposition to all types of “terrorism and violent extremism”.
“Consideration of the Authorities of Bangladesh has been drawn to a latest assertion made by the US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo. Within the assertion, Mr Pompeo talked about Bangladesh as a spot the place the terrorist group al-Qaeda carried out assaults, falsely apprehending comparable terrorist assaults in future,” the ministry mentioned.
“Our observe document in countering terrorism has earned us world appreciation. In step with our dedication to countering terrorism, we now have grow to be a celebration to all fourteen worldwide counter-terrorism conventions and are actively concerned with worldwide ‘preventive’ initiatives to counter terrorism.”
The ministry mentioned Bangladesh regards Pompeo referring to the nation as a attainable location for al-Qaeda operations as unfounded.
“If any such declare might be substantiated with proof, the Authorities of Bangladesh can be completely satisfied to take needed measures in opposition to such actions,” it mentioned.
Bangladesh considers it “very unlucky, particularly within the context of the ever-growing bilateral ties between the 2 pleasant international locations based mostly on shared values, peace and customary targets”, the assertion underlined.