Diplomatic Correspondent: The relatives of about 300,000 Bangladeshi workers living in Iraq are in deep tension due to recent airstrike of US on Iranian top General Qassem Soleimani. The workers are also in uncertainty over there, the sources added.
Bangladesh concern about 300,000 workers in Iraq. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has expressed concerns about Bangladeshi workers in Iraq amid ongoing tensions between Iran and the US. He said, “We are quite concerned about the matter and monitoring the situation continuously, Momen said after a meeting in Dhaka yesterday.
Foreign Minister comments came amid rapidly escalating tensions between the US and Iran following last week’s American air strikes that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. He spoke to the Bangladeshi ambassador to Iraq over the tensions. Ambassador advised to check up our workers and ask them to stay alert. Minister did not disclose any plan to evacuate the Bangladeshi workers from Iraq in the event of any violence.
About 300,000 Bangladeshis are residing in Iraq. They are currently doing well, he said. These are targeted attacks and so the workers are not in trouble yet.
Minister said, Bangladesh’s position on the US-Iran tensions is neutral. Let others fight, but we want to remain balanced, independent and non-aligned. Our foreign policy is based on the principle of friendship with all, enmity with none. Momen said. If there is instability in the globalised world, we get worried because we have 12.2 million Bangladeshis residing in various countries across the world. It saddens us when the global economy suffers because it affects our developmental roadmap.
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