Joy blasts US embassy over Priya Saha comment
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Affairs Adviser and son Sajeeb Wazed Joy today blasted the US embassy alleging that it is "the one that had an ulterior motive" behind what Priya Biswas Saha told Donald Trump recently.
"They picked Priya Saha because they knew she would make this outrageous statement," Sajeeb Wazed Joy wrote on his Facebook wall this afternoon.
In the post, Joy demanded that the US embassy's should refute "an obviously false and outrageous statement made by one of their selected participants to their own Head of State…" as he says in the post that "She (Priya Saha) was a member of a delegation selected by the US Embassy in Dhaka."
"Fortunately for us, President Trump and his administration have a very different policy of non intervention in foreign affairs. They are also not so stupid to believe such a ridiculous claim," he said.
Yesterday, the Bangladesh government also said there seemed to be an ulterior motive behind what Priya Saha's speech.
Terming her remarks absolutely false and concocted, it said they were aimed at maligning the country’s image, reports UNB.
Priya, one of the organising secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, told the US president that 37 million Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people have disappeared from Bangladesh.
She was attending a programme at the White House on Thursday.
Priya also told the president that her land had been grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists and sought his help so that Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people could live in Bangladesh.
She also participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on July 16-18.
Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 foreign ministers, attended the meeting at the invitation of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also took part in the event.
In a media statement yesterday, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protested and condemned in the strongest possible terms “all the blatant lies” that Priya told Trump.
“Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages,” it said.