Dhaka, Feb 8 : Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Saturday said it is not possible right now to bring back Bangladeshi citizens stuck in the Wuhan city of China, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak, as Chinese authorities were not allowing any international flight there. The government wanted to bring the Bangladeshis from Wuhan back through a chartered flight when they expressed their willingness to return home.
But now chartered flights were not being allowed by the Chinese authorities, he further said. While talking to the media on the sidelines of a function at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city, the minister also said China does not want the spread of this virus as this is very sensitive.
At present, around 171 Bangladeshi nationals were staying in Wuhan and they expressed their willingness to return home, he stated that adding that the government also wants to bring them back. Mr Momen, however asserted that if the Bangladeshi nationals could manage any chartered flight to return home, the government would bear the cost.
Earlier, about 312 Bangladeshi nationals were brought back home from Wuhan on a special flight by spending some 130,000 dollars, he revealed. All the returnees have been kept at the quarantine centre for 14 days although none of them was found to have been infected with coronavirus, Momen further revealed. But after their return, the crew members were facing troubles as no country was willing to receive them as pilots to operate their flights, he added. (UNI)