4:42 pm - Tuesday January 18, 6546

Dhaka rules out anti-Myanmar activities from Bangladesh soil

Dhaka has denied the allegation that anti-Myanmar groups operating from its soil but expressed keenness to look into the matter if Myanmar provides an evidence or specific information, officials said Sunday.

They said Dhaka is still keen to push forward the “growing relations” and work closely with the next-door neighbor despite a soldier was killed in a firing on Bangladeshi paramilitary personnel Wednesday, reports Xinhua.

“There is no evidence of any anti-Myanmar group operating activities from Bangladesh,” the country’s Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told journalists Sunday.

Flag-Pins-Myanmar-BangladeshHe said, “If they have evidence or specific information they can share with us and we’ll surely look into the matter.”

“We want to solve all border related disputes with Myanmar through mutual discussion and more engaged manner,” he said, adding, “We can establish a platform for security dialogue on a regular basis.”

Tension between the neighbors rose at a time when Dhaka and Naypyidaw embarked on a series of diplomatic measures to enrich bilateral ties in the recent years.

In the wake of tension over the shooting on the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) patrol team and the subsequent disappearance of its troops, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Myanmar envoy to Dhaka U Myo Myint Than at State Guesthouse Padma Saturday for the second time since Wednesday to protest the firing.

Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) reportedly shot at a BGB patrol team near the border at Painchhari area of Bandarban, some 316 km away of capital Dhaka, and allegedly detained injured BGB’s Nayek Mizanur Rahman in Bangladeshi territory.

Bangladesh and Myanmar forces traded gunfire along their border on Friday for hours.

Sources said situation started to ease in Bangladesh side after Myanmar’s border force Saturday evening handed over the body of a Bangladesghi paramilitary troop killed in Wednesday’s firing.

Bangladesh’s State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Sunday called the incident a “misunderstanding” and expressed the hope that Myanmar would withdraw its troops from the border as the tension had eased.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali also hoped that the two countries will work together to end the impasse peacefully.

He said the Bangladeshi government in the spirit of good neighborly relations has strongly encouraged the visit of the BGB chief and his delegation to Myanmar from June 9 to 14.

“We’re keenly interested to forward regular activities to further strengthen bilateral relations with Myanmar,” he told journalists Sunday.


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