Ensuring security of Bangladeshi nationals in Libya is our topmost priority: Foreign Minister

Expressing grave concern over the Libya situation, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni informed the House today that the government is working round-the-clock to bring back Bangladeshi nationals home from the troubled African nation, now witnessing a pro-democracy uprising.

“Ensuring security of Bangladeshi nationals living in Libya
and bringing them back home safely is our topmost priority,” she
said in a statement in the House on rule 300.

She said the government is keeping a constant contact with
its mission in Tripoli, while the talks are underway with the
concerned international organizations for emergency activities
like evacuation.

The government, she said, has requested the Korean, Chinese
and Russian companies where a large number of Bangladeshi
nationals working to shift them with their nationals to safer
places like camps on Egyptian and Tunisian borders.

“We are hopeful that we would be able to shift Bangladeshi
nationals living in Libya to safer places very soon,” the foreign
minister said.

About the report on deaths of 17 Bangladeshis that was
published in a newspaper, she said, “We have not received any
news on casualty of Bangladeshis in Libya.”

About the captive sailors of Bangladeshi ship Jahan Moni,
which has been held hostage by Somalian pirates, the foreign
minister said the government and the owner of the ship are trying
for peaceful solution of the problem.

“We are hopeful that the problem would be solved very soon,”
she said.

SANGSAD BHABAN, Feb 24 (BSS)

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