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'Bangladeshi people haven't accepted the US sanctions'

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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said, "The people of Bangladesh have not accepted the US sanctions against the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and its seven officers."

At a press conference, Momen said this in response to a question from reporters at Foreign Service Academy on Thursday.

"If there is any question about Bangladesh, we call on the United States to discuss it over the phone before making a decision," he said.

"The US Secretary of State has also assured us of this."

The press conference was organized by the Ministry of External Affairs to inform about the visit of Indian President Ramnath Kovind to Bangladesh. During the press conference, the Foreign Minister answered various questions of the journalists during the visit of the President of India on bilateral talks and the existing relations between India and Bangladesh.

Asked about the phone conversation with the US Secretary of State on Wednesday, the Secretary of State said, "I have raised the issue of sanctions against the RAB with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. In a 30-minute discussion, he spoke about advancing cooperation between the two countries to mark the 50th anniversary of relations."

"At the time, the issue of US sanctions against the RAB and seven former and current RAB officers was discussed. I have requested the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to have a telephone discussion before taking a decision on any question regarding Bangladesh.

I have informed the US Secretary of State that their decision was not well received by the people of Bangladesh, "he added.

Asked if there was any discussion about lifting the RAB ban, AK Abdul Momen said, "I didn't say anything about it, he didn't say it either."

"The RAB is not corrupt," he said, adding that the RAB was working on "global policies of the United States, including counter-terrorism and drug trafficking."

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