Motijheel crackdown lies may harm image: Dipu

Indicating opposition BNP, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Wednesday said the lies and drama over the death toll in the Motijheel crackdown might cause an image crisis abroad but not because of the steps taken by the law enforcement agencies.“They (law enforcers) carried out the drive successfully. I don’t think it’ll cause any image crisis (abroad), but the lies and drama may …,” she told a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in the evening.
Dipu Moni said the government does not want to stop the voice of democratic protest as Hefajat-e-Islam was allowed to hold the rally peacefully.
Responding to a question, the Foreign Minister said the government has no pressure from any country over the war crimes trial and her visit to Saudi Arabia was not meant for getting Saudi support.
“There’s no foreign pressure…from the very beginning Saudi Arabia has been supporting it. Even, there’s no discussion on the issue this time,” Dipu Moni said.
Responding to a question on her coming US visit, Dipu Moni said she is scheduled to leave for the USA on May 12 night to attend a high-level meeting on Human Trafficking on May 13 in the United Nations. “UN General Assembly President has invited me to attend it.”
The Foreign Minister said she will hold a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on May 17 where bilateral issues, including GSP, will be discussed. “All bilateral issues will be discussed. For logical reasons, GSP issue will surely be discussed at the meeting.” She said what steps Bangladesh is taking will be highlighted at the meeting.
About taking two private TV channels off the air, Dipu Moni said the Information Minister has already informed that proper steps will be taken after necessary scrutiny about the broadcast policy. “We don’t want anybody to create anarchy in the country. We don’t want anybody to instigate anarchy,” she said.
Dipu Moni also said there was logical reason and that is why the transmission was suspended.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, additional Foreign Secretary Mustafa Kamal, DG (EP) M Shameem Ahsan, DG (UN) Saida Muna Tasneem DG (UN) and adv Rana Das Gupta were, among others, present. UNB

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