Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday described Indian Border Security Force’s (BSF) attempt to push in a mentally challenged Indian citizen to Bangladesh through Feni River bordering area as unexpected.
He conveyed the message to Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das when she met him to hand over more medical assistance for Bangladesh to fight COVID-19.
“Such incident might have adverse impact on friendly relationship between the two countries,” he said.
The Foreign Minister urged the Indian High Commissioner to alert the BSF so that such incident does not take place in future.
Dr Momen requested the Indian High Commissioner to take required steps so that trucks laden with imported goods from India, stuck at Petrapol border, can enter Bangladesh quickly.
He said Bangladeshi importers are facing losses as the trucks were stuck with imported goods.
Minister Momen also emphasised resolving the export and import complications of businessmen from both countries and urged the Indian High Commissioner to make an arrangement to take back 61 Indian truck drivers stuck in Bangladesh as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner lauded Bangladesh’s proposal of providing financial assistance equivalent to six months’ salaries for the expatriate workers of both countries.
Dr Momen thanked the Indian government for assisting the process of bringing back the stranded Bangladeshi citizens from India during the coronavirus pandemic.