Bangladesh has protested US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo's remarks that Bangladesh is a place where the terrorist group al-Qaida carried out attacks and apprehension of similar terrorist attacks in the future.
Such an irresponsible comment by a senior leader is very unfortunate and unacceptable, according to a protest note issued by Bangladesh foreign ministry on Wednesday.
Bangladesh strongly rejects this kind of baseless remarks and falsification. There is no evidence of any presence of al-Qaida in Bangladesh, it added.
Bangladesh, under the bold leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, maintains a "Zero Tolerance" policy against all forms of terrorism and violent extremism, and has been undertaking all possible measures and actions to address the menace, the press release said.
"Our track record in countering terrorism has earned us global appreciation. In line with our commitment to countering terrorism, we have become a party to all fourteen international counter-terrorism conventions and are actively involved with international 'preventive' initiatives to counter terrorism."
Bangladesh considers that the US secretary of state's referring to Bangladesh as a possible location for al-Qaida operations, is indeed unfounded and offers no evidence.
If any such claim could be substantiated with evidence, the government of Bangladesh would be happy to take necessary measures against such activities.
However, if such a statement is made out of speculation, Bangladesh considers it very unfortunate, especially in the context of the ever-growing bilateral ties between the two friendly countries based on shared values, peace and common goals, the press release said.