Bangladesh will bring back its nationals stranded in different countries due to deadly COVID-19 pandemic whenever the situation permits.
Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen gave the information after holding an inter-ministerial meeting at the foreign ministry in Dhaka on Thursay, reports BSS.
“If required, we will bring back them (Bangladeshi nationals) … Wherever we are getting the chances, we are bringing them back home,” he said.
Momen said it is difficult to bring back Bangladeshi citizens from India as the neighbouring country remains in a nationwide lockdown, scheduled to end after April 14.
Earlier, the foreign ministry declared that 2,500 Bangladeshi nationals are now stranded in India.
Momen said they are keeping in touch with all Bangladesh missions abroad for ensuring welfare of the expatriate Bangladeshis.
Expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister M Imran Ahmed and state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, state minister for disaster management and relief Dr Enamur Rahman and secretaries to the relevant ministries were present at the meeting.
During the meeting, Momen said they decided that the government will send letters to different countries expressing Dhaka’s gratitude for their help to Bangladesh missions and expatriate Bangladeshis.
The letters will be jointly signed by the Bangladesh foreign minister and expatriate welfare minister.
Momen said they decided to take some specific steps for minimising the sufferings of the expatriate Bangladeshis in different badly corona-hit countries around the world.
Besides, the foreign minister said, they also discussed about proposals of some countries over sending expert medical teams and COVID-19 treatment equipment to Bangladesh in aid of the government’s ongoing efforts in containing the outbreak of coronavirus.
Earlier on Sunday, after holding another inter-ministerial meeting with expatriate welfare ministry, the foreign minister said some four to five Middle Eastern countries along with Maldives have informed the government that many Bangladeshi workers have been jobless there due to Covid-19 pandemic.
He said those countries expressed their concern over the fate of mainly the undocumented Bangladeshi workers there and urged Dhaka to take back home.