NRC will not have implications in Bangladesh: Foreign Secretary Shringla

DHAKA: India assured Bangladesh on Monday that the update of the National Registry of Citizens will not have implications for its people, stating that it is a completely internal process in the country.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan canceled their visits to India in December due to the situation after the new citizenship bill was passed.

Apparently, Bangladesh was also upset after the implementation of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, although India informed it that the problem was an internal matter of the country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had addressed the issue of the NRC with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their bilateral meeting in New York in September.

The update of the National Registry of Citizens is a completely internal process in India, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan said Monday.

India assures Bangladesh that NRC will not have implications for the country and its people, he said at a seminar 'Bangladesh and India: a promising future' held in Dhaka.

Shringla, who previously served as India's high commissioner in Dhaka, is in Bangladesh on a visit during which he would meet with Prime Minister Hasina and Foreign Minister Momen.

According to the Citizenship Amendment Law, members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parish and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014 after religious persecution there will obtain the Indian citizenship

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