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>govt reacts to foreign diplomats’ public remarks

>THE caretaker government has sharply reacted to public remarks of some foreign diplomats, UNB reports.
A spokesman for the foreign affairs ministry said there has been a renewed perceptible tendency on part of some foreign diplomats to make remarks in public that a section of the media has perceived to be interference in Bangladesh’s internal affairs.
Although the government didn’t cite any specific instance, the reaction came in the wake of US Charge d’affaires Geeta Pasi’s series of meetings with political leaders and her comments to the media.
Foreign Advisor to the caretaker government Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury today said Bangladesh believes in friendship with all countries but friendship and interference are two different things.
“Bangladeshi people are in charge of shaping their own destiny,” he said categorically.
However, the adviser noted that the government response is not directed to any particular case.
The foreign office spokesperson said Dhaka noted that Bangladeshis welcome and cherish the existing friendly bilateral relationships with many of the countries represented by these diplomats.
“However, Bangladeshis, who have struggled hard for their independence, seek to guard their sense of sovereignty with zeal and pride,” the spokesman reminded.
“The diplomatic agents concerned are urged to take note of this fact, and act in consonance with these sentiments,” said the spokesman.
The foreign ministry is of the view that diplomatic norms and standards are well recognised internationally and feels that ‘it is expected that these should be conformed to by all practitioners of the profession in the internal arena.’

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