Citizenship is “India's internal matter” says Bangladesh Foreign minister

Monday 23rd December 2019 12:59 EST

Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen has said, that India's Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens are “India's internal issues". However, he also voiced concern that any "uncertainty" in the country is likely to affect its neighbours. He said,

"We are the No.1 friend of India. So, if there is uncertainty in India, it is likely to affect its neighbours. That is worrisome. We hope the situation cools down and India can get out of it...It is their internal issue. It is not our issue. They should deal with it.”

According to him, Bangladesh had recently requested India to provide a list of Bangladeshi nationals living illegally in India, "if any", to be repatriated. He had also cancelled his visit to India beginning December 12. He had cancelled his tour a day after he termed as "untrue" Home Minister Amit Shah's comments on persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh.

However, according to him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while talking to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had assured that under no circumstances it will affect Bangladesh.

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