Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said that he will not allow Bangladeshi nationals to enter Italy till December 31 for fear of ‘previous behavior’ of expatriate Bangladeshis and second wave of Covid-19.
“There is no good news,” he told reporters at the ministry on Monday about the return of Italian expatriate workers.
The foreign minister said he had tried to talk to Italian authorities on the issue. But it did not work. According to him, Bangladeshi expatriates are responsible for this situation. Because they violated the quarantine rules of the Italian government.
He said, ‘Our expatriates are the problem. You know they didn’t obey Italian law. ‘
The minister said, “After 47 Bangladeshis left for Italy, the Italian authorities, suspecting that they had coronary heart disease, asked them to stay in a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel.” However, many of them did not quarantine. Later, the foreign ministry said the matter came up in the country’s media.
‘They have stated that they will not allow any flight from Bangladesh. They have sent many Bangladeshi passengers to Italy on two flights, ‘Momen said.
The foreign minister also said that the Italian government had asked 30,000 expatriate Bangladeshis in Rome to undergo the compulsory Covid-19 test. But, many Bangladeshis have fled the city to avoid exams, which is very unfortunate.
“Since everything is normal in the country, a lot of people are now entering Italy,” Momen said. However, they are worried about the previous behavior of the expatriate Bangladeshis and the fear of the second wave of Kovid-19.
Referring to the Bangladeshi migrant workers going to Italy, the minister said it would be better if they protested in front of the Italian mission in Dhaka.
“If they protest in front of the Italian mission, they will be able to inform their country that the Bangladeshis want to return to Italy,” he added.
“What can we do without request, we can’t send it to Italy by force,” he said.