Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud today said that the prevailing situation in Myanmar is a “worrying factor for Bangladesh and India” as both the countries share border with Myanmar.
“So far until today (this morning) as many as 338 people mostly Myanmar border security guard and army personnel had entered in Bangladesh and we gave them shelter with consultation to take them back,” he said.
The minister, who is now on a three-day official visit in New Delhi at the invitation of Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, made the comments while responding to media quarries at Press Club of India (PCI) premises this evening.
Dr. Hasan talked to journalists after placing floral wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at “Bangabandhu Media Centre” set up at the first floor of the club building.
Bangladesh Ambassador to India Md. Mustafizur Rahman, PCI President Gautam Lahiri and officials from Bangladesh High Commission were present on the occasion.
Responding to a number of questions from media, the foreign minister told journalists that Myanmar authorities have agreed to take back their people (border security guard and army personnel), who took shelter in Bangladesh during a discussion with Bangladesh envoy in Myanmar.
“Although the Myanmar authorities have agreed to take them back, but it is the matter of discussion how they will implement it,” he added.
Asked about his meeting held today with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, the minister said they discussed security issues including the prevailing situation in Myanmar for the sake of ensuring peace and security in the region.
Responding to another question, he said the relations with India during the last 15 years has been strengthened and reached a newer height under the pragmatic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
He said economic cooperation, connectivity and people to people contact are the important components for ensuring peace and stability in the region.
Later, Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud held bilateral meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar at Hyderabad House here this evening.
“Welcome to India, FM Dr. Hasan Mahmud of Bangladesh…Our discussions today will strengthen India -Bangladesh Maitri,” Jaishankar posted on the “X” previously Tweeter prior to holding bilateral meeting.