Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Dhaka excluded the United States (US) proposal to provide temporary shelter to some US allied Afghan citizens in Bangladesh along with Rohingyas.
“We thanked the US for placing the proposal considering Bangladesh as its friend, but we told them that we were not in a situation to provide refuge to any others,” he told reporters after attending a programme at Foreign Service Academy on Tuesday.
While rejecting the proposal, the foreign minister said, Dhaka has convinced Washington DC that Bangladesh is already overburdened by sheltering 1.1 million Rohingyas, forcefully displaced from Myanmar.
Momen said the US administration made the proposal through Bangladesh mission in Washington DC on August 14 without specifying neither the number of refuge seeking Afghan citizens nor the timeframe of their intended stay in Bangladesh.
“They (the US) requested for giving shelter only to Afghan citizens not national of any other countries,” he added.
Momen said Dhaka also wanted to know names of the countries that the US requested for giving people from Afghanistan but didn’t receive any answer of that.
The foreign minister said Dhaka saw the US proposal in a positive gesture as the Biden administration put confidence on Bangladesh as its ally.
“But, we don’t have the capacity of giving shelter to any new people. if we have had the capability, we would defiantly have considered it,” he said.