Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and will not be allowed to enter the country, its foreign ministry has said.
The 19-year-old said she wanted to return to the UK with her newborn baby but Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship.
International law prevents nations making a person stateless, but there had been speculation that Begum, who is of Bangladeshi heritage, may have citizenship there.
The Home Office has revoked Shamima Begum’s British citizenship (Picture: BBC News)
Shamima Begum is seen cradling her son Jarrah (Picture: ITV News)But its minister of state for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam denied this today.
He tweeted: ‘The Government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom.
‘Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh.
‘It may also be mentioned that she never visited Bangladesh in the past despite her parental lineage.
‘So, there is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh.’
Shahriar Alam says Begum does not have Bangladeshi citizenship (Picture: Sebnem Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Home Secretary Sajid Javid ordered the decision to strip Shamima Begum of her citizenship (Picture: PA)The statement added that Dhaka had only been made aware of the situation by the media.
Asked whether she had been left stateless by Britain, the Begum family’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said: ‘It’s certainly something we will be adding to the mix in terms of our appeal.’
He has said Begum, who was born in the UK, has never had a Bangladeshi passport and is not a dual citizen.
She was one of three schoolgirls to leave Bethnal Green to join the terror cult in 2015 and resurfaced heavily pregnant at a Syrian refugee camp last week.
She was shown a copy of the Home Office letter that announced her British citizenship would be stripped.
She told ITV News: ‘I don’t know what to say. I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked.
Her son could still get British citizenship (Picture: ITV News)‘It’s a bit upsetting and frustrating. I feel like it’s a bit unjust on me and my son.’
She went on to say she may try for citizenship in the Netherlands, where her husband is from.
Meanwhile, Mr Javid suggested the action to prevent Ms Begum returning will have no impact on her baby son’s nationality.
While insisting he could not discuss individual cases, he told the Commons: ‘Children should not suffer.
‘So, if a parent does lose their British citizenship, it does not affect the rights of their child.’
He also delivered a staunch defence of the Government’s ability to use the citizenship powers to prevent the return of ‘dangerous individuals’.
He told MPs that the step was never taken lightly, adding: ‘But when someone turns their back on the fundamental values and supports terror, they don’t have an automatic right to return to the UK.
‘We must put the safety and security of our country first and I will not hesitate to act to protect it.’