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Priya’s remarks to Trump nothing but blatant lies: FM

Published : Sunday, 21 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 358
Diplomatic Correspondent

The government on Saturday strongly condemned Priya Saha's remarks terming it a "blatant lies" told by her (Priya Saha) to President Trump, claiming that minority communities in the country are exposed to persecution.
"Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strongly protesting all the blatant lies told by Priya Saha to US President Donald Trump.

The government on Saturday said it appears that there was an ulterior motive behind Priya Saha's absolutely false and concocted stories that were targeted to malign Bangladesh. The government also condemned her remarks in the strongest possible terms. Referring to a video clip the release said that Bangladesh government's attention has been drawn to a video on July 18 where Priya was seen telling President Trump, among other things, that 37 million Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people have disappeared from Bangladesh.

She was also seen telling the US President that her land has been grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists and sought his help so that Hindus, Buddhists and Christians can live in Bangladesh, it said. Priya Saha told this to US president while participating in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC from July 16 to July 18, it added.

The humane attitude and generosity of Bangladesh government have been commended by the whole world when Bangladesh decided to temporarily shelter more than 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, it mentioned.
The release also said that Bangladesh government would expect that organisers of such a big international event would invite responsible individuals who would objectively contribute to promote the true spirit and value of religious freedom.

Priya Saha participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on July 16-18. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen attended the meeting. Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 Foreign Ministers, attended the meeting at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State.



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