STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Bangladesh slams Mike Pompeo's 'irresponsible' remarks over al-Qaeda attacks claim

In a statement published on the US State Department's website on Tuesday, Pompeo implicated some countries as 'terror hubs', drawing criticism from several quarters.

Published: 14th January 2021 09:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2021 09:21 PM   |  A+A-

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (File photo| AP)

By PTI

DHAKA: Bangladesh has described as "irresponsible" and "unacceptable" the remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, labelling the South Asian country as a place where the al-Qaeda terrorist group carried out attacks.

In a statement published on the US State Department's website on Tuesday, Pompeo implicated some countries as 'terror hubs', drawing criticism from several quarters.

He also termed Iran as a new home base of al-Qaeda, a remark protested by Tehran.

"Imagine too the potential to completely upend fragile places with an established al-Qaeda presence like Libya, Yemen, and the Maghreb, or increase turmoil in places like Bangladesh, where al-Qaeda cells have carried out attacks,” Pompeo said in the statement.

Responding to Pompeo's remarks, Bangladesh's foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday: "Such irresponsible comments by a senior leader is very unfortunate and unacceptable".

It said Dhaka would have been happy if any such claim could be substantiated with evidence as it would have enabled Bangladesh to take necessary measures against such activities.

Bangladesh said there was no evidence of any presence of al-Qaeda in Bangladesh, asserting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has maintained a "zero tolerance" policy against all forms of terrorism and violent extremism, and has been undertaking all possible measures and actions to address the menace.

"Our track record in countering terrorism has earned us global appreciation. In line with our commitment to countering terrorism, we have become a party to all 14 international counter-terrorism conventions and are actively involved with international 'preventive' initiatives to counter-terrorism," the foreign office said.

If such a statement was made out of speculation, Bangladesh considers it "very unfortunate" particularly in the context of Bangladesh's growing bilateral ties with the US, based on shared values, peace, and common goals, it said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp