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    Things in Swaziland under control:FM Momen

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    Shops owned by some Bangladeshis were looted during a recent movement in the African country

    Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said Bangladeshis in Swaziland are now better protected as the situation there is now under control.

    “Now things are under control… The situation is peaceful,” he said, mentioning that the shops of some Bangladeshis were looted during the initial movement there.

    The foreign minister said there are some affluent Bangladeshis who gave shelter to others and the police also said they will take care of them.

    Dr Momen said it is a 20-minute journey from Swaziland to South Africa and the Bangladeshis will get support if required.

    Earlier, Mashfee Binte Shams, secretary (east) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told UNB the ministry is in constant contact with the Bangladesh mission in South Africa to help Bangladeshis in Swaziland who are worried by the current situation there.

    She said the Bangladesh mission in South Africa will facilitate any support required by Bangladeshis there.

    There are around 1,500 Bangladesh nationals in Swaziland.

    Eswatini, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini, is still commonly known in English as Swaziland. It is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.

    It is bordered by Mozambique to its northeast and South Africa to its north, west and south.

    Pro-democracy protesters in Eswatini have defied an overnight curfew to call for constitutional reforms as tensions increase in Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

    Demonstrations flared in the tiny and landlocked kingdom previously known as Swaziland, with protesters taking to the streets in the two largest cities of Manzini and Mbabane, reports Al Jazeera.

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