New Delhi: Soon after news reports surfaced that Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has cancelled his India visit in the wake of the unrest in Assam and Tripura over the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that there is no need to link the foreign minister’s visit with the CAB.
“He has given his explanation on cancelling his visit. Our relationship is strong. As leaders of both the countries have said, this is the golden age of our relations,” Raveesh Kumar stated.
Talking about the confusion over CAB among people which led to unrest in Assam, Raveesh Kumar stated that there seems to be some confusion. “We’ve explained that religious persecution is not happening under the present government. Migrants who have sought refuge in India from Bangladesh have faced persecution and abuse on religious grounds,” he added.
The statement from the MEA comes minutes after Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that he has cancelled his India visit due to increasing demand at home.
As per updates, Momen was supposed to arrive in Delhi today for his three-day visit to attend the sixth edition of the Indian Ocean Dialogue and the combined session of the Delhi Dialogue XI.
“I had to cancel my trip to New Delhi as I have to participate in the Buddijibi Debosh and Bijoy Debosh and more so as our State Minister is out of the country in Madrid and our Foreign Secretary is in The Hague. Given increasing demand at home, I decided to cancel his trip,” Momen was quoted as saying by ANI.
In another development, Momen earlier had rejected Home Minister Amit Shah’s statements on the condition of religious minorities in Bangladesh, calling the remarks as ‘unwarranted as well as untrue’.
Responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement on CAB, Raveesh Kumar stated that India does not need to respond to every statement of Pakistan PM as all his statements are unwarranted.
“Don’t think we need to respond to every statement of Pakistan PM. All his statements are unwarranted. He should rather pay attention to the condition of minorities in Pakistan than comment on internal matters of India,” he added.
Raveesh Kumar further stated that India and US 2+2 ministerial dialogue will be held on December 18 in Washington DC. “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will lead the Indian delegation there,” he added.