Bangladesh warns Myanmar against airspace violations amid border tensions

Bangladesh has issued a stern warning to Myanmar, urging it to prevent any violations of its airspace, amid concerns over regular operations by the Myanmar Air Force near the border areas. 

The caution was communicated through a letter to the Myanmar ambassador in Bangladesh on Tuesday morning, following incidents where Bangladeshi nationals were killed or injured by mortar shells and bullets fired from Myanmar.

The Foreign Ministry, in a press release Tuesday evening, revealed that it had summoned the Myanmar ambassador, Aung Kyaw Moe, to express strong protest over these incidents, which have jeopardized the safety and security of both people and property in Bangladesh. Miah Md. Mainul Kabir, Director General of the Myanmar Wing, delivered the protest note during a meeting at the State Guest House Padma.

The press release highlighted Bangladesh’s call for the Myanmar government to implement measures to halt any actions that could lead to further casualties and damage within its territory. Additionally, Bangladesh reiterated its stance on not allowing more displaced individuals from Rakhine State to enter the country. It specifically highlighted concerns about potential airspace violations due to the proximity of Myanmar Air Force operations to the border.

The Myanmar ambassador responded by promising to convey Bangladesh’s serious concerns to his government promptly. He also reaffirmed Myanmar’s intention to repatriate members of its Border Guard Police (BGP) in coordination with Bangladeshi authorities as soon as possible.

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