US talks about humanity, but doesn’t deport killer Rashed Chy: FM

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Bangladesh, Dec. 19 — Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has questioned the position of the United States as it talks about humanity pointing out that the country has been sheltering convicted killer Rashed Chowdhury instead of handing him over to Bangladesh.

He said the US talks about “law and humanity” but they sheltered the killer (Rashed Chowdhury) of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which is not justified.

FILE - ANKARA, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 17: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen speaks during an inclusive interview in Ankara during his visit to Turkey on September 17, 2020. Speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency, Bangladesh's FM Momen addresses variety of topics from bilateral relations to Rohingya issue. (Photo by Hakan Nural/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)© 2020 Anadolu Agency FILE – ANKARA, TURKEY – SEPTEMBER 17: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen speaks during an inclusive interview in Ankara during his visit to Turkey on September 17, 2020. Speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency, Bangladesh’s FM Momen addresses variety of topics from bilateral relations to Rohingya issue. (Photo by Hakan Nural/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)The Foreign Minister made the remarks while talking to reporters after an event at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on Saturday.

Asked about any counter-action on the US, Dr Momen said they are not thinking in such a way and that is not the mentality of Bangladesh.

He said Bangladesh does not believe in blame games but wants to work together. “We want to work together.”

Dr Momen said they are discussing internally about the next course of action. “We’ll sit together soon to decide to move ahead.”

He said the Rabid Action Battalion (RAB) has been successful in addressing human trafficking, crime and drug trafficking in the country.

Earlier, Dr Momen, during a telephone conversation, conveyed to US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken that the people of Bangladesh did neither accept nor like the designated sanctions imposed on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and its some of the present and former officials.

Read: Bangladesh to continue urging US to send back killer Rashed Chy: Shahriar

“I shared the spirit of the country’s people. They (people of Bangladesh) didn’t accept it. They didn’t like it,” he told reporters at a media briefing at Foreign Service Academy recently while responding to a question on his recent telephone conversation with the US Secretary of State.

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said Secretary Blinken reaffirmed their long-standing partnership with Bangladesh on development, economic growth, and security.

“The two leaders discussed the importance of human rights and agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and address shared global challenges,” said the Spokesperson.

Dr Momen explained why the people of the country did not accept it, noting that the two countries have around 50 years of trusted friendship.

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