Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said, “Excluding two words such as “except Israel” from Bangladesh passport is not a diplomatic issue and it does not mean that we are recognizing Israel as a country. No Bangladeshi citizen can visit Israel until we recognize the country. If any Bangladeshi citizen tries to visit Israel, he or she has to face punishment.”
The foreign minister made the remarks while replying to questions from journalists after the handover of pharmaceutical products for the people of Palestine to its Ambassador to Bangladesh Yousef SY Ramadan at state guesthouse Padma on Wednesday (May 26).
Dr Momen said Bangladesh has not changed its position towards Israel, and no one from Bangladesh can visit Israel.
“If anyone goes there, the person will have to face punishment. There has been evidence before,” said the minister, adding that the government never gave permission to anyone to visit Israel.
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