The Pentagon has demanded compensation for the deaths of 10 innocent civilians killed in a US drone strike in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in August.
Taliban spokesman Jabiullah Mujahid said the families of those killed should be compensated.
He said US forces had killed scores of Afghan civilians in the past 20 years. America must also be held accountable for those killings.
A US drone strike has killed 10 members of a family, including two women and children, since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August.
The Pentagon said Monday that troops killing Afghan civilians would not be prosecuted.
Foreign Minister expressed anger over the US sanctions on RAB officials. AK Abdul Momen said that the people of Bangladesh did not like this decision of the United States.
He made the remarks in a telephone call with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Wednesday. At a news conference on Thursday, the secretary of state said that the way Blinken had responded to his remarks was positive. Hopefully, it will be possible to solve the problem by negotiating with the United States.
The United States recently imposed sanctions on several former and current RAB officers. The country took such a step against the RAB on charges of disappearance and extrajudicial killing. After that, Bangladesh protested by summoning the US ambassador to Dhaka. Foreign Minister. AK Abdul Momen then criticized the US decision as “immature”. In the midst of such an uncomfortable situation in bilateral relations, Blinken telephoned Momen on Wednesday. Momen was at a state function marking the visit of Indian President Ramnath Kobind when he first telephoned Blinken. He could not answer the telephone. When he called back later, Blinken could not pick up the phone as he was talking to another country. In the third phase, during the dinner at Bangabhaban, Blinken called and talked to Momen. At that time, the issue of US sanctions on RAB became important in their discussions.
Speaking on the sidelines of the talks between the two Foreign Ministers, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “Secretary of State (Blinken) has reaffirmed our commitment to a long-term partnership with Bangladesh on development, economic growth and security.” The two leaders discussed the importance of human rights and agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation. They also exchanged views on global challenges.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said, “The decision to impose US sanctions on RAB was not taken by the people. Bangladesh has 50 years of loyal friendship with the United States. We should have talked before imposing sanctions on such a relationship. RAB is a well-organized force against terrorism, drug and human trafficking. The United States is also working against this. No terrorist incident has taken place since Holy Artisan due to RAB. Since they are not corrupt, people have confidence in RAB. People did not like the ban against such an organization at all. ‘
Momen told Blinken, “Victims want RAB recruitment in case of any emergency. If other forces are recruited on any issue then they say if RAB is all right. You have banned such an organization. The people of our country did not like it. ‘
In a telephone conversation between the two countries’ foreign ministers, Abdul Momen did not ask the US Secretary of State to lift the “ban” on the RAB and its former officials. “I did not say on the phone whether the ban would be lifted or not,” he said. Uni did not say. “We will discuss, we will have multiple dialogues,” he said. He said he would discuss it in Washington next spring.
The Secretary of State said 800,000 people go missing in the United States each year. Thousands died at the hands of law enforcement. The United States has said in a statement that the deaths occurred while law enforcement was on duty. But in the case of Bangladesh, why is it being called extrajudicial killing? I have asked these questions to Blinken.
Abdul Momen told Blinken that the door to talks with Bangladesh is always open. Blinken noted that there are opportunities to work with Bangladesh on a variety of issues, including climate change and peacekeeping operations.
In response to another question from reporters, Momen said that what he said was that the ban this time around was largely due to Congress lawmakers.
It was also informed at the press conference that Blinken congratulated the people of Bangladesh on the 50th anniversary of the victory.
A group of US lawmakers has called for economic sanctions against the Israeli spy firm NSO Group.
The call was made in a letter to the Foreign Office and the Treasury Department.
Al Jazeera reports that in addition to the Israeli NSO group, there have been calls for sanctions against the UAE cyber security group Darkmeter and two European organizations.