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US statement on sanctions not linked to Boeing deal : Momen

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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said the US statement on sanctions and visa policy in Bangladesh has no connection to the discussion on the sale and purchase of Boeing aircraft from the country.

He addressed questions from journalists at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday following his return home from his visit to Doha.

Reports indicate that the US-based aviation giant Boeing is actively pursuing additional aircraft sales to Bangladesh, with the involvement of the United States embassy in Dhaka.

He further said, “European countries have also proposed the purchase of 10 Airbus aircraft, including two cargo planes. Due to financial limitations, we are unable to proceed with the purchase. If we have the funds, we will make the deal.”

In response to questions about any connection or influence related to the United States’ sanction or visa policies, Momen said, “Buying and selling are normal processes. They do not exert pressure; they make requests. We should not perceive their requests as pressure. It is entirely up to us to accept or decline.”

He added, “They are currently indicating a reduction in costs, which is a good suggestion.”

The foreign minister highlighted that ambassadors from major countries routinely promote their nation’s products, considering it a part of their duty. “We do not harbor any resentment about it. Acceptance is fine, and there is no issue if you choose not to.”

Momen said the reports of tension between Bangladesh and the United States are not true; rather, they were created by the media. He said, “We believe our relationship with America is very strong. They offer advice as friends, and we value constructive input. There is no animosity on their part.”

Addressing a question about certain major parties abstaining from the election, Momen said that in the United States, numerous significant parties also refrain from participating in elections, and it does not significantly impact the process.

He said the government is not harassing innocent individuals but is taking measures to bring terrorists under the law for appropriate legal action.

Regarding recent arson attacks on vehicles, Momen reaffirmed Bangladesh’s zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism, urging those engaged in such activities to abandon the path of terrorism and participate in legitimate political activities.

In response to a question about the human rights situation, Momen said Bangladesh serves as a model compared to other countries in terms of safeguarding human rights.