Bangladesh Minister Alam likely to skip Raisina Dialogue

Bangladesh Minister Alam likely to skip Raisina Dialogue

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New Delhi, Jan 11: Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam, may not be participating in the annual Raisina Dialogue programme scheduled to be held in the capital from January 14, sources said.

Mr Alam, earlier listed by the Observer Research Foundation as one of the speakers during the three-day Dialogue backed by Ministry of External Affairs, is likely to accompany Bangladesh Prime Minister Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to UAE.

"The UAE visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister coincides with Raisina Dialogue...," a source said.

However, the cancellation of Mr Alam's visit has given an impression that it is related to the controversy related to the Citizenship Amendment Act.

In fact, coincidentally, Mr Alam will be the third minister from Dhaka in recent weeks to cancel his visit to India on the backdrop of the Modi government enacting the new Citizenship law that promises to guarantee Indian citizenship for 'persecuted religious minorities' including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The Raisina Dialogue is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs.

It is a multilateral conference committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community.

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also called off his India four-day India visit due to bushfires in his country.

Morrison was also scheduled to deliver the inaugural address at the the flagship Raisina annual lecture series. (UNI)