Bangladesh, March 9 -- Defending the recent defence pact with Riyadh, foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said that the accord was signed as part of Bangladesh's peace-building efforts.

This deal has nothing to do with war, but aims to ensure peace, the minister told the FE recently when asked about the criticism against the treaty by lawmakers in parliament.

Many misunderstood the issue, it is a non-combative pact, said the minister.

Recently, speaking in parliament, Rashed Khan Menon and Fakhrul Imam demanded a statement from the foreign minister on whether the signing of a "defence pact" between Bangladesh and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not contradictory to the constitution.

Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) wi...