Pakistani FM Hina Rabbani avoids Bangladeshi FM Momen’s call to seek apology for 1971 genocide at Colombo
Published: 05 Feb 2023, 07: 55
Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen held a meeting with Pakistan state minister for foreign affairs Hina Rabbani in Sri Lanka capital Colombo on Saturday.Photo collected from Twitter
Bangladesh has urged Pakistan to publicly seek apology for the genocide by its forces during the liberation war in 1971.
Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen made the call while meeting Pakistan state minister for foreign affairs Hina Rabbani in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
He said, however, that Hina Rabbani didn't respond to this.
While replying to newsmen at state guest house Padma on Sunday afternoon, AK Abdul Momen made the disclosure.
He said, "She told me they want to strengthen ties with us. We have told her to publicly seek apology for the genocide in 1971. She avoided the issue and did not reply."
Momen said, "She said they have certain limitations. I said we have certain limitations here."
The foreign minister said, "Pakistan wants to increase trade relations with us. They want to FOC. I said you have given anti-dumping conditions and she said that was a good point.
That seemed positive to me. They want to improve relations with the entire Indian subcontinent, not just Bangladesh."
The foreign minister visited Sri Lanka on 3-4 February on the occasion of its 75th republic day. On the sideline of the event, Pakistan state minister for foreign affairs Hina Rabbani made a courtesy call with Bangladesh foreign minister on Saturday.
Bangladesh has urged Pakistan to publicly seek apology for mass killing by its forces during the liberation war in 1971