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Dhaka strongly protest summoning Myanmar envoy: Hasan

Update : 06 Feb 2024, 15:36

Foreign minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said Dhaka on Tuesday strongly protested by summoning Myanmar ambassador Aung Kyaw Moe over the casualty in Bangladesh by mortar shells that crossed the border. 

"We placed strong protest to Myanmar ... This is completely unacceptable," he told reporters at the foreign ministry this noon. 

The minister said such incidents of entering Myanmar people in Cox's Bazar and causing casualty inside Bangladesh by mortar shells crossing border from Rakhine is unexpected and unacceptable while Dhaka has been working to repatriate forcibly displace Rohingyas to Rakhain. 
 
Earlier, foreign ministry's Director General (DG) of Myanmar Wing Miah Md Mainul Kabir summoned the Myanmar ambassador to Bangladesh at the state guest House Padma in the morning and handed over Dhaka's strong protest on the incidents of violence in Rakhine state that spill over in the border. 
 
The Myanmar envoy said he will convey the Dhaka's message to his government. The foreign minister said: "A total of 229 Myanmar's paramilitary Border Guard Police (BGP) and some of their family members took refuge in Bangladesh 
till this morning." 

The BGP personnel have been fleeing their posts in last three days amid reports of heavy gunfights between the government troops and the rebels in the junta-run country. 

Some of the injured members of the Border Guard Police (BGP) have shifted to Chattogram from Cox's Bazar for better treatment.

Fierce fighting has been going on in Myanmar's Rakhine state between the army and the armed group Arakan Army. 

The clash in Myanmar has frightened Bangladeshi residents near the border area while many villagers left their homes to safer places as the sound of constant fighting on the other side of the border continued.

The foreign minister said Myanmar government has already reached out the Bangladesh authority to take back their people and currently the two sides are discussing the process of taking back the BGP members.

"Till now, they (Myanmar government) agree to take back their personnel by waterways," he said. 

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