Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls in the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Myanmar
Zaw Phyo Win, Director-General of the Strategic Studies and Training Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called in H.E. Mr. Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Myanmar, at 0930 hrs. on 19 September 2022 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yangon.
During the meeting, the Director-General clarified the prevailing on ground situations regarding the firing incidents near Myanmar-Bangladesh border in response to matters raised by the Bangladesh side at the meetings between Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh and Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.
The Director-General apprised that the AA and terrorist group ARSA attacked the Taungpyo(Left) Border Guard Police Outpost at BP-31 with mortars on 16 September 2022 where three mortar shells landed inside Bangladesh territory. He also explained that the AA and terrorist group ARSA again used the same weapons and attacked the Taungpyo(Right) Border Guard Police Outpost at BP-34 on 16 and 17 September 2022 where nine mortar shells landed into the Bangladeshi soil. The Director-General underscored the fact that the AA and terrorist group ARSA have been deliberately carrying out such attacks to cause negative consequences on the existing cordial bilateral relations between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Director-General further stated that while taking the necessary security measures close to the border with utmost caution, the Myanmar side always abides by bilateral agreements and international norms as well as respects the integrity and sovereignty of all nations, including Bangladesh. The Director-General expressed that the Myanmar side will cooperate with the Bangladesh side to maintain tranquility of the border area and stressed the significance of full and reciprocal cooperation from the Bangladesh side.
The Director-General recalled that on 7 September 2022, the Bangladeshi side was notified of the information of the trenches and bases of the AA and ARSA terrorists located inside Bangladesh through diplomatic channel and reiterated Myanmar’s call to take necessary and immediate actions to investigate on the ground and dismantle those structures and bases. Later, he handed over a non-paper containing true facts of the incidents to the Bangladeshi Ambassador.
The actual account of the firing incidents near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border was published in daily newspapers of Myanmar, issued on 18 September 2022 as well as notified to the Bangladesh side by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through diplomatic channel on 7 September and 17 September 2022, respectively, it is learnt.