Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen said on Sunday that his country had asked India to provide a list of any Bangladeshi nationals living in the country illegally and that it would allow them to return.
Responding to a query on India's National Citizenship Register (NRC), Momen, who canceled his visit to India on Thursday citing his busy schedule, said that relations between Bangladesh and India are good and "very nice" and will not be affected. He said India has termed the NRC process as its internal matter and assured Dhaka that it would not affect Bangladesh.
He rejected speculation of "pushback" attempts by India, saying some Indian nationals are illegally entering Bangladesh through middlemen due to economic reasons.
"But if anybody other than our citizens enters Bangladesh, we will send them back," he told media here when asked about reports that some people are illegally entering the country through borders with India."
Momen said Bangladesh has requested New Delhi to provide a list of Bangladeshis living illegally in India, "if any", to be repatriated.
"We will allow them (Bangladesh citizens) as they have the right to enter into their own country," he said.
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