My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised the status of Sheikh Hasina with the Foreign Adviser to the Bangladesh caretaker government, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, on 19 April. The caretaker government has since lifted the restrictions on Sheikh Hasina’s return to Bangladesh.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had no contact with Sheikh Hasina regarding the earlier decision of the Caretaker Government to prevent her from returning to Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina has not requested any such contact. On 19 April, the Caretaker Government lifted all restrictions on her return to Bangladesh.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office learned on 18 April that the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh had instructed foreign civil aviation authorities and airlines that Sheikh Hasina would not be allowed to return to Bangladesh. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised the position of Sheikh Hasina during a call by Dr. Iftekhar Chowdhury, the Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Adviser, on 19 April.