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Bangladesh slates Pompeo over ‘irresponsible’ remarks linking attacks to al-Qaeda

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Published: 13 Jan 2021 11:15 PM BdST Updated: 14 Jan 2021 12:20 AM BdST


  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, US, January 12, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, US, January 12, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

Dhaka has protested against US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks linking attacks in Bangladesh to terrorist group al-Qaeda.



Pompeo in a recent statement “falsely” apprehended similar terrorist attacks in future, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Such irresponsible comment by a senior leader is very unfortunate and unacceptable,” the ministry statement said.
“Bangladesh strongly rejects this kind of baseless remarks and falsification. There is no evidence of any presence of al-Qaeda in Bangladesh,” it added.
Under the “bold” leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh maintains a “Zero Tolerance” policy against all forms of terrorism and violent extremism, the statement said.
The country has been undertaking “all possible measures” 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 fourteen international counter-terrorism conventions and are actively involved with international ‘preventive’ initiatives to counter terrorism.
“Bangladesh considers that the US Secretary of State’s referring to Bangladesh as a possible location for al-Qaeda operations, is indeed unfounded and offers no evidence,” the foreign ministry said.
If any such claim could be substantiated with evidence, the ministry said, the government would be “happy” to take necessary measures against such activities.
“However, if such a statement is made out of speculation, Bangladesh considers it very unfortunate, especially in the context of the ever-growing bilateral ties between the two friendly countries based on shared values, peace and common goals,” it added.
Bangladesh suffered a series of attacks, including the one on Holey Artisan bakery that left 17 foreign diners and five others killed, in the past few years.
Middle East-based radical groups Islamic State and al-Qaeda claimed responsibilities for some of the attacks.
The law-enforcing agencies and the government have always denied the claims and blamed the attacks on home-grown militant groups, such as Neo-JMB and Ansarullah Bangla Team.

 

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Who the F cares.... pompeo is out of power in a few days.

US can not compete in South Asia against China.

If US pressures BD will say yes to everything and carry on in its current trajectory and align further with china.

Money talks and US is no longer in the command of a unipolar world.... we are again bipolar and china has replaced USSR.
 

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Who the F cares.... pompeo is out of power in a few days.

US can not compete in South Asia against China.

If US pressures BD will say yes to everything and carry on in its current trajectory and align further with china.

Money talks and US is no longer in the command of a unipolar world.... we are again bipolar and china has replaced USSR.

Biden admin will be the same if not will up the pressure in more veiled ways.
 

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Sounds like the u.s is trying to put pressure on bdesh to join the western axis.
Who the F cares.... pompeo is out of power in a few days.

US can not compete in South Asia against China.

If US pressures BD will say yes to everything and carry on in its current trajectory and align further with china.

Money talks and US is no longer in the command of a unipolar world.... we are again bipolar and china has replaced USSR.
Biden will be more of the same if not worse. It’s dr. Yunus’s team in power this time. I expect more conspiracy against Bangladesh and weapon sales offer backtracked or limited
 

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Biden will be more of the same if not worse. It’s dr. Yunus’s team in power this time. I expect more conspiracy against Bangladesh and weapon sales offer backtracked or limited
It’s dr. Yunus’s team in power this time.

Dr yunus team in power? In u.s? Or Bangladesh?
 

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Lol even now countries like Bangladesh has got a tongue for outgoing Trump diplomat... Wonder story would had been different before Nov 3, 2020
 

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Lol even now countries like Bangladesh has got a tongue for outgoing Trump diplomat... Wonder story would had been different before Nov 3, 2020
Would have been the same....they came asking, bd said where is the money and they went away....
 

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Dr. Yunus has friends in Democrats, Clinton’s chief among them
Fr lmao , hmmmm looks like AL is gonna be in some serious trouble eh. I wonder if Chinese influence will grow in Bangladesh since Biden is pro CCP.

The next 4 years will be quite interesting , the Republicans already raided the Capitol building what else lol
 

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Biden will be more of the same if not worse. It’s dr. Yunus’s team in power this time. I expect more conspiracy against Bangladesh and weapon sales offer backtracked or limited
if US does that then China will welcome you.......Their J series is ready for BD service! Even Thunders are on offer too. This World is far too big for 1 country like America to realistically dominate! Thats why it couldnt and failed in the end! Now its all about China!
 

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Funny that people take this seriously. Pompeo came to Dhaka asking us to buy weapons and we said no. Plus all the shenanigans in WH now with Trump drama.

Guy is just salty. Ignore him.
 

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It’s dr. Yunus’s team in power this time.

Dr yunus team in power? In u.s? Or Bangladesh?
Yes, some people really think US foreign policy is decided by Dr. Yunus only because he is a friend of Clinton family.

However, instead of criticizing the USA statement, the GoB should find out relationships between fanatic groups in BD and Al-Qaida. The Al-Qaida has spread its wings over all the Muslim countries.

So, how come only BD is an exception?
 

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