Bangladesh Foreign Minister cancels India visit due to 'increasing demand at home'

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 12, 2019, 08.02 PM(IST)

File photo of Bangladesh's foreign minister AK Abdul Momen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( WION )

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'Given increasing demand at home, I decided to cancel his trip,' Bangladesh foreign minister said.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen cancelled his scheduled visit to India due to "increasing demand at home". 

"I had to cancel my trip to New Delhi as I have to participate in the Buddijibi Debosh and Bijoy Debosh and more so as our State Minister is out of the country in Madrid and our Foreign Secretary is in The Hague," said Momen.

"Given increasing demand at home, I decided to cancel his trip," Bangladesh foreign minister added.

The sudden reports of Momen cancelling his visit triggered speculations that he cancelled due to the passage of the citizenship amendment bill in the Indian parliament.

Later in the day, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry, clarified that Momen has given an explanation for cancelling his India trip and asserted that the relationship between both countries is strong.

"Our relationship is strong. As leaders of both countries (India-Bangladesh) have said, this is the golden age of our relations," Kumar said while addressing a press conference.

Momen was scheduled to arrive in Delhi today for his three-day visit to attend the sixth edition of the Indian Ocean Dialogue and the combined session of the Delhi Dialogue XI.

He was also supposed to hold talks on bilateral issues with external affairs minister S Jaishanker. 

The foreign minister also said that he is looking forward to his January visit.

"I am looking forward to attending the next meeting in January. I am sending our DG to attend the event," he added.