Bangladesh overseas ministry assertion says ‘there is no such thing as a proof of any presence of al-Qaeda’ within the South Asian nation.
“Such irresponsible feedback by a senior chief are very unlucky and unacceptable. Bangladesh strongly rejects these sort 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 nations as “terror hubs”, drawing criticism from a number of quarters.
He additionally termed Iran as a brand new dwelling 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 improve 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 careworn that it maintains a “zero tolerance” coverage towards 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 related terrorist assaults in future,” the ministry mentioned.
“Our monitor document in countering terrorism has earned us international appreciation. According to our dedication to countering terrorism, we’ve develop into 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 potential location for al-Qaeda operations as unfounded.
“If any such declare may very well be substantiated with proof, the Authorities of Bangladesh could be completely satisfied to take vital measures towards such actions,” it mentioned.
Bangladesh considers it “very unlucky, particularly within the context of the ever-growing bilateral ties between the 2 pleasant nations based mostly on shared values, peace and customary targets”, the assertion underlined.