Enemies, pressure grow together when you do better: FM

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Dhaka, Dec 21:  Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said both enemies and pressure keep rising on a country when it demonstrates better performance in terms of overall development.

“A country makes some enemies when that particular country achieves development. Pressure also keeps growing in that country. The same thing happens if you do better than some of your colleagues,” he told reporters after attending a function in the city.

Asked whether the government is feeling pressure from the US, Dr Momen said they (US admin) are functioning as per their rules and there is no problem at the government level. “They’re doing their job and we’re doing our job.”

The Foreign Minister said there are some people in the USA while some people here who do not like the development of Bangladesh — why the Awami League government is doing so well and why people in the country are living happily.

Dr Momen said some people have continuously been discussing with the US lawmakers and providing false information and making videos.

When someone is killed here it is termed as “extrajudicial killing” and when someone is killed in the USA, it is described as “died in the line of duty”.

Commenting on those who are providing false information, Dr Momen said many of them possibly are paid for that (provide false info).”

The US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, through its Rewards for Justice (RFJ) office, offered up to $5 million for information on the attack against Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed.

The Secretary of State authorized reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of anyone involved in the murder of Roy and the attack on Ahmed, according to US Department of State.

On February 26, 2015, Bangladesh-born US citizens and married couple Roy and Ahmed were visiting Dhaka to attend a book fair when they were attacked by unidentified assailants with machetes. Roy was killed and Ahmed survived with critical injuries.

Asked about the announcement, Dr Momen said the US has been successful in announcing such a reward and he heard the same thing happened for Osama bin Laden.

He said such a strategy is often successful as Bangladesh announced rewards for the three fugitive killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose whereabouts are unknown.

“If anyone can give accurate information, of course the government will reward them. They (the United States) have done the same,” said Dr Momen.

Earlier, the Foreign Minister spoke at a programme titled “Rohingya Crisis and Repatriation: What is to be done?” held in a city hotel.

He said the Rohingya crisis was created by Myanmar and solution also lies with Myanmar and not a single one was repatriated through the crisis entered into fifth year.

Dr Momen said many countries are supporting Bangladesh basically on humanitarian affairs and there are countries which have very good relations with Myanmar.