Citizenship bill will weaken India’s secular stance: Momen

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 15:32, Dec 11, 2019 | Updated : 18:57, Dec 11, 2019

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen speaks during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China Jul 5, 2019. REUTERS/FILE PHOTOThe religion-based citizenship bill cleared by the Indian lower house will weaken the country’s secular stance, said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.
“Historically, India is a tolerant country,” he said while briefing the media after a meeting with US envoy Robert Miller on Wednesday (Dec 11).
He added that if India steps-down from there, their historical stance will be weakened.
Momen criticised the Indian lawmakers’ comments that minorities in Bangladesh are abused, and added, “People of other religion are not tortured here.”
He hoped that India will refrain from actions that will create in Bangladesh.
Responding to queries on the hearing against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice, he said, “Aung San Syu Ki defending Myanmar is disappointing. I myself protested for her freedom.”
The minister hoped that she will “understand her mistake,” and speak for humanity.

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