Where lobbying will be needed in the country’s interest, the government will lobby, said the foreign minister A K Abdul Momen.
He responded to a reporter’s question about hiring a lobbyist in the United States after an international conference organized by the Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs on Friday (January 14th).
Dr. Momen said, “Under US law, hiring lobbyist firms is normal, and Bangladesh will use them where necessary.” In our country, we call it lobbying. We will lobby where needed. It takes a lot of lobbying to work in the country too. ‘
Asked whether Bangladesh would hire new lobbyists in the wake of US sanctions on the RAB, the foreign minister said, “I wouldn’t know that. The recruitment of lobbyists is a common practice in the United States. Bangladesh hired lobbyists in 2013-14. They are working. ‘
Regarding the appointment of a BNP lobbyist in 2016, Momen said, “I don’t know these. But they have the right to be involved in any way they want under the legal framework. Whether the BNP or anyone else does it, it is their headache. Not mine. ‘
“From time to time, we have many kinds of disasters,” Momen said. We solve them. There may still be a problem. But we can solve it. There are many setbacks in the democratic system, and all democracies have imperfections. If we have any shortcomings or weaknesses, we will fix them. ‘
Referring to the United States as a mature nation, Momen said, “Americans are a mature nation. They will see. Although the United States has banned the RAB, the State Department says terrorism has declined in recent years. This is their neutral survey. They will think about them. Their goal is to eradicate terrorism from the world and catch terrorists. Their goal is to reduce drug and human trafficking. RAB is doing this successfully. That is why RAB has gained the trust of the people. I think everyone will understand. Then maybe the situation will change. ‘