New citizenship law is internal matter of India: Hasan

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City Desk :
Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said the issue of new citizenship law is an internal affair of India and Bangladesh is watching it as a neighboring country.

“It is an internal affair of India and the government (of Bangladesh) is watching it as a neighboring country,” he said while exchanging views with journalists at YNT Center in city’s Dewanji Pukur on Saturday noon, reports BSS.

Hasan, also joint secretary of Bangladesh Awami League (AL), said the last general election in Bangladesh was held in a very very free and fair manner, but the United States may have a different opinion.

The Unites States can give their opinion as a few opposition parties did not participate in the election, he added.

“We respect the difference of opinion of any country.

However, most countries, including the United States, have expressed their intention to advance relations with us in the future,” he said.

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The foreign minister said governments and heads of state of about 80 countries of the world congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after election.

“Even the President of the United States has written to the Prime Minister expressing his intention to strengthen the relationship.

So, in our view we have had a very fair, free and fair election in this region,” he added.

“A total of 29 political parties participated in the elections out of 44.

The onus of election boycott by any particular political party does not go to the government. It is an affair of that party,” he said.

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