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Myanmar receives strong message to Bangladesh Army

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Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed has said that they are observing the situation along Myanmar border and working to ensure peace between the two countries.

“We’re in contact with them (Myanmar). We’re taking necessary care,” the army chief said while addressing a seminar in the city on Wednesday.

“I have the consent of the prime minister and sent a strong message to my counterpart,” he added.

General Shafiuddin also highlighted the contributions of the army in ensuring global peace through the UN peacekeeping missions.

The seminar, titled “Role of Bangladesh in World Peace”, was also addressed by Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudhury and Ambassador Shahidul Huq.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, as a peace-loving country, Bangladesh would solve the border tension with Myanmar through bilateral talks.

“Our prime minister is not in the country. We are observing the situation. We consider this as their infernal affair,” he said after a high-level meeting with representatives of the three armed forces and other law enforcement agencies at his ministry’s conference room.

Kamal said the army and other forces were prepared for any situation. “We’ve liberated the country through a war. We don’t count anyone…we always discourage a war,” he told reporters.

Dhaka summoned the Myanmar envoy on Sunday, for the fourth time, and protested the incidents of gunshots and mortar shelling in Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar border areas that left one Rohingya man dead and dozens of others injured since mid-August.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister AK Momen said Myanmar had admitted that the landing of mortar shells in Bangladesh territory was caused by mistake during its fight against insurgents along the porous border.

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