Bangladesh not turning into Sri Lanka : minister

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen has said that a certain group was spreading panic with ‘baseless’ claim that Bangladesh would see a situation like crisis-hit Sri Lanka.

He, however, acknowledged that the challenges that Bangladesh was facing due to global crises.

‘People of Bangladesh are leading happier lives compared to other countries,’ Momen said while talking to reporters in Sylhet on Friday.

He said that Bangladesh had enough dollar reserves and is just maintaining a bit of austerity considering the future crises.

Responding to a question, the foreign minister said that the Swiss banks did not want to share the information on alleged laundered money from Bangladesh.

He said, ‘Whenever we seek information from a country where Bangladeshi money has been laundered the authorities there seem reluctant to provide it. It’s their inherent issue.’

He said that the finance ministry sought information from the Swiss banks mentioning names of 67 individuals.

‘At that time, they provided information on one individual. Information was sought several times,’ Momen said.

The foreign minister said that Switzerland was Bangladesh’s friend and urged them not to provide misinformation.

Earlier in the morning, Momen attended an emergency meeting to solve the airport land acquisition problem at MAG Osmani International Airport in Sylhet.