Don't be misguided by comments of foreigners: Momen
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday, urged citizens not to be misled by foreigners' comments, claiming that external influence never leads to internal prosperity in any nation.
"Don't listen to foreigners, listen to your leaders," he said while approached by journalists to make comments on some foreign diplomats' remarks on internal affairs, at the Foreign Service Academy in the capital.
The minister used Afghanistan, Chile, and Iran as examples of how the influence of foreign powers has harmed various countries.
"Our experience is when the foreigners get busy in (internal) affairs of (their) host countries, people's welfare doesn't take place," he said adding that foreigners have the interest of their own countries.
Momen said it is "unfortunate" that leaders of some political parties go to foreigners to lobby them to involve in Bangladesh's internal matters even after knowing that this is not good for the country.
Momen urged the opposition leaders to reach the people at the grassroots instead of seeking favour from foreigners.
He said the people of Bangladesh never fail to choose the right path and they do not make mistakes to choose their leadership. "I have much confidence in the people of this country," he added.
The foreign minister pointed out that Washington had expelled more than 20 Russian diplomats alleging their involvement in the last US election. If requires, he said, Dhaka "will take (such) actions, too."
Momen said, as per the code of conduct, foreign diplomats can convey their concerns to the Bangladesh government through diplomatic channels instead of making public comments.
Earlier, the foreign minister inaugurated the "International Charity Bazaar" organised by the Foreign Office Spouses' Association (FOSA).