Bangladesh’s government has said ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s plight has "nothing to do" with them after the UK’s controversial decision to strip her of her citizenship.
The 19-year-old, who gave birth to a baby on Saturday, is at the centre of a storm after saying she wants to return to Britain four years after leaving as a schoolgirl aged 15.
Her parents are from Bangladesh, but the Bagladeshi foreign affairs ministry has confirmed she does not hold dual citizenship.
Last night it emerged that the Home Office has revoked her passport.
And the Netherlands have scuppered her hopes of being allowed to return to Europe, as she does not meet their criteria.
She had married Dutch jihadist Yago Riedijk in Syria.
Today Bangladesh’s interior minister Asaduzzaman Khan today told journalists: "This is a matter of the British government. Bangladesh has nothing to do with this."
And Shahrial Alam, state minister of foreign affairs, told The Guardian: "The government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that [Begum] has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship."
Nevertheless her brother-in-law spoke up in support of the UK government.
Muhammad Rahman, 36, urged Brits to support the controversial decision to revoke the 19-year-old’s passport.
She left the UK as a 15-year-old schoolgirl to join ISIS in Syria, and the government has been heavily criticised over the move.
Mr Rahman, whose brother is married to Shamima’s sister Renu, said: "I think we should support it, they [the government] are the people who are in the position to make the decision.
"The people who are making these decisions are doing it for the country.
"They don’t have an easy job, you can’t please everyone.
"The information they have is to the best of their ability and the British people should support it.
"I last spoke to Shamima when she was very young. I think it is upsetting for my sister-in-law and her side of the family."
Speaking hours after the teenager’s family revealed she will never be able to return to the UK, he added: "I have made comments and it’s upset them.
"I don’t know Shamima, I last saw her when she was very young.
"It sounds bad but it doesn’t affect my life, it affects her family who I am not that close to.
"I don’t want to upset my sister-in-law but I don’t really know that side of the family.
"They are extended family, I think it’s often like that."
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