Dhaka, Dec 12: Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen took a dig at India’s claims that religious minorities in the Muslim-majority countries as a reason behind the bringing in Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and said “let them (India) fight among themselves”.
This statement of Bangladesh Foreign Minister has triggered controversy as some states and Opposition parties in India are protesting against the Narendra Modi government for bringing in such a bill that discriminates people on the basis of religion and strikes at the core of the foundation of secular India.
Few hours ahead of his three-day visit to India to attend the sixth edition of the Indian Ocean Dialogue, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen commented on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and said, “They (India) have many problems within their country. Let them fight among themselves. That does not bother us. As a friendly country, we hope that India will not do something that affects our friendly relationship.”
Momen is expected to meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at the Hyderabad House on Saturday. He will also address a joint-ministerial session with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on December 13 in Jaishankar’s presence.
Momen said, “There are a very few countries where communal harmony is as good as in Bangladesh. If he (Union Home Minister Amit Shah) stayed in Bangladesh for a few months, he would see exemplary communal harmony in our country.”