Turkey - Bangladesh Bilateral Relations, 3.12.2015
Relations between Turkish and Bengali nations have strong historical and cultural roots dating back before the foundation of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The Muslims of South Asia including the Bengalis, had supported the Turkish War of Independence. The respect and admiration for Atatürk is reflected in the epic poem “Kamal Pasha”, written by Kazi Nazrul Islam, National Poet of Bangladesh, in 1921. This poem has been on the curriculum in Bangladesh schools. Besides, one major avenue in Dhaka and another one in Chittagong have been named as “Kemal Atatürk Avenue”. Furthermore, a high school in Dagan Bhuiyan, in Feni and a Turkish language center in Dhaka Cantonment were named as “Atatürk Model High School” and “Mustafa Kemal Turkish Language Center”. In the same vein, the support of the Bengal people during the Turkish War of Independence is still remembered with gratitude by the Turkish people. Finally, the busiest airport of Bangladesh, formerly known as “Dhaka Airport” was renamed as Shahjalal International Airport to honor Hazrat Shah Jalal, one of the students of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi in Konya.
Turkey recognized Bangladesh on 22 February 1974 on the occasion of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) (formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference) Summit which was held in Lahore. The Turkish Embassy in Dhakka was opened in 1976 and the Embassy of Bangladesh in Ankara in 1981.
Relations between Turkey and Bangladesh intensified and the perception about Turkey in Bangladesh has been further consolidated with the last official visits of President H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Bangladesh on 12-13 February 2010 and 13-14 November 2010 respectively.
The last official visit at the Presidential level from Bangladesh to Turkey was paid by the late President Zillur Rahman on 7-10 November 2009, upon the invitation by President H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül to participate in the Special Summit of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) in Istanbul on the occasion of COMCEC’s 25th Anniversary.
H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, accompanied by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ms Dipu Moni paid a visit to Turkey to participate in the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries which took place in İstanbul on 9-13 May 2011. Prime Minister Hasina also paid an official visit to Turkey on 10-13 April 2012 upon the invitation of Prime Minister Erdoğan.
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