After foreign minister, home minister’s India visit cancelled

Diplomatic and Staff Correspondents . Dhaka | Update:

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and foreign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photos

Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has cancelled his visit to India’s Meghalaya amid protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill there, said home ministry public communication official Sharif Mahmud.

The India trip of the home minister was called off hours after the cancelation of foreign minister AK Abdul Momen’s scheduled visit to New Delhi due to his ‘busy schedule’ at home.

Sharif Mahmud told Prothom Alo that the home affairs minister was scheduled to visit the north-eastern state of India following an invitation from the Meghalaya chief minister.

He added that home minister was invited to address a programme of freedom fighters and to deliver speech at a university in Meghalaya.

Hours earlier, the foreign minister’s visit was scrapped. He was scheduled to leave Dhaka for New Delhi on Thursday afternoon on a three-day visit to attend the sixth edition of the Indian Ocean Dialogue (IOD) and have discussion on bilateral issues with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on the side-lines.

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