Momen calls UK’s Covid red-listing unfair, discriminatory

 Momen calls UK’s Covid red-listing unfair, discriminatory

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen addresses a press briefing at the Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | Focus Bangla

The UK government is doing a disservice to its own citizens, says the minister

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has reiterated Bangladesh’s call to remove it from the UK’s red-listed countries with travel restrictions terming their decision “unfair and discriminatory”. 

He made the remark while talking to a group of journalists at his office in Dhaka on Monday. 

Referring to the sufferings of more than 7,000 British-Bangladeshis currently stranded in Bangladesh, Dr Momen said the UK government is doing a disservice to its own citizens.

The UK government argued that the vaccination rate is low in Bangladesh but they are allowing people from other countries having lower vaccination rates, he added.

Dr Momen also said Bangladesh has lined up for 24 crore vaccine doses, and over 2.22 crore people have already been vaccinated. 

When asked about Rohingya issue as the UNGA is approaching, Dr Momen said many countries are much interested to see the restoration of democracy in Myanmar and Bangladesh also wants it.

He also said that Bangladesh wants the repatriation of Rohingyas too without any delay. “Our priority is repatriation.”

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