Foreign Minister Momen Says US Sanctions Against Elite B’desh Force “Unfortunate”

Dec 12 2021 11:39 STI

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Dec. 12 (ANI): Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen criticized US sanctions imposed on the country’s elite police officials for rights violations, saying the move was unfortunate and not based on fact.
On Friday, the United States imposed sanctions on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and seven senior and former senior officials of the elite force, including Bangladeshi Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed.
Dismissing the US claim that the RAB has killed 600 people in 10 years, Momen said: “We have no information on those killed.” He added that the US decision should have been supported by facts.
“I would expect the United States to have a more solid factual response,” Momen said on Saturday, assuring that Dhaka would examine whether this was the result of “geopolitics,” Momen said as quoted by the national news agency. BSS.
The minister made the remarks after the country’s foreign ministry summoned US envoy to Dhaka Earl R Miller to express Bangladesh’s “dissatisfaction” with the sanctions.

Responding to a question of whether development could strain Bangladesh-US relations, the Foreign Minister said, “I don’t think so,” but quickly added that “it depends on United States “.
Momen said the allegations of rights violations by the RAB were not “based on facts” and that the Crime Police Unit was a disciplined institution that “rather protected the human rights of the people of Bangladesh”.
Besides Bangladesh, the United States on Friday imposed human rights sanctions on dozens of people and entities in China and Myanmar.
The financial and visa sanctions came on the final day of President Joe Biden’s Virtual Summit for Democracy, where he unveiled policies to strengthen democracy against threats around the world and called for solidarity from around 100 participants.
In particular, Bangladesh was not invited to the summit of democracy. (ANI)

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