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PM Sheikh Hasina alleges plot to carve out Christian state from Bangladesh: ‘A white man offered…’

May 27, 2024 01:32 PM IST

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina claims plot to carve out Christian country in Bangladesh and Myanmar, in offer for a reelection deal.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has alleged a conspiracy to create a Christian state similar to East Timor by partitioning parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar. She claimed she was offered an easy reelection in January if she permitted a foreign nation to establish an airbase in Bangladesh, without disclosing the country's name.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ((AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit))
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ((AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit))

"Like East Timor, they will carve out a Christian country taking parts of Bangladesh [Chattogram] and Myanmar with a base in the Bay of Bengal." Sheikh Hasina, the Awami League president, said in a meeting on Thursday, reported The Daily Star. It was the 14-party alliance's first meeting with the Awami League president after polls.

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Offer came from a white man: Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina vowed to resist any attempts to disrupt regional stability and said she is determined to combat such conspiracies.

"The offer came from a white man," Sheikh Hasina said without revealing any details.

"It may appear that it is aimed at only one country, but it is not. I know where else they intend to go," she said that there will be more trouble but she is not worried about it.

"If I allowed a certain country to build an airbase in Bangladesh, then I would have had no problem."

She accused opposition opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of plotting against the election process.

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Indirect reference to US?

Bangladeshi leaders have claimed that Washington has been eyeing St. Martin's Island, a small island in the southernmost part of the country.

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In early 2023, during a press conference, Matthew Miller, spokesperson for the US Department of State, stated that the United States has never discussed taking control of St. Martin's Island and has no intention of doing so, Eurasian Times reported.

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