Egyptian Ambassador in Dhaka Mahmoud Ezzat has said that there is no presence of the radical group Islamic State in Bangladesh. “I don’t believe there is IS in Bangladesh,” he said on Wednesday, while responding to questions at a tea party he hosted at his office for the newly elected executives of the Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association, Bangladesh (DCAB). He also appreciated Bangladesh for joining the Saudi-led military coalition against terrorism.
The Middle-East based IS group in recent times has reportedly claimed responsibilities for a number of attacks and murders in Bangladesh. Western countries, in light of the incidents and the claims, raised their security levels in Dhaka.
The government, however, has maintained that it does not find any presence of IS on Bangladesh’s soil. The Egyptian ambassador said he did not find any reason for the IS being in Bangladesh.
“Very simple reason…IS is busy in the Middle East. Why should IS come to Bangladesh,” he said, adding that the manner in which the two foreigners were murdered in Bangladesh was not the IS way of doing things.
IS killed people differently, he said, referring to the murder of a Japanese and Italian in Dhaka that put the IS issue in the spot in Bangladesh.
The ambassador, however, said Bangladesh had taken “a very appropriate and good” step by joining the Saudi-led coalition.
“Bangladesh suffers from some kind of security problem. It’s a peace loving country. Bangladesh will now be always protected by the coalition,” he said.
Egypt has also joined the Saudi-led group.
The ambassador said Cairo would share its experience in the fight against terrorism in the coalition, according to bdnews24.com.