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Continuation of good relations between Bangladesh and Syria

Bangladesh is a country located in south Asia sharing borders with India,Myanmar and Bay of Bengal. In 1971 it became the independent country of Bangladesh, with its capital Dhaka.   It is home to the world's largest river delta, which is formed by the Brahmaputra and the Ganges river. It is famous for its roaming Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans, a mangrove and swampland in the delta and the  longest natural uninterrupted sea beach in Asia (Cox's Bazar beach), which is 150 km long.

 Its relations with the Arab world have been cordial- in 1980 a postal stamp was created depicting a Palestinian freedom fighter, the Al-Aqsa mosque in the background shrouded by barbed wire, and text celebrating Palestinian fighters as "valiant" in English and Arabic.

Bangladesh and Palestine continue with their friendly relations ; Bangladesh is a strong and consistent advocate for an independent Palestinian state and firmly opposed to Israeli occupation. Bangladesh has a complete ban on trade (indirect and direct) with Israel and does not have any diplomatic relations with Israel. Bangladesh supports the establishment of a Palestinian state drawn on the 1967 boundary with Jerusalem as the capital.As for its relationship with Syria Bangladesh can boast of having good relations historically with favorable stands in the United Nations on the Golan depicted in the following press release that was issued in Dhaka, 27 March 2019

Bangladesh’s Position on the US recognition of Israeli Sovereignty on occupied Syrian Golan Heights

 "Bangladesh expresses its deep concern over the recent announcement of the US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. This is a clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, principles of international law and relevant Security Council Resolutions.

Bangladesh has always urged the occupying State of Israel to immediately halt its actions to alter the legal, physical and demographic status of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights in accordance with the Security Council Resolution 497. Bangladesh believes that changing the status of occupied Syrian Golan Heights by the US bypassing the Security Council is a direct violation of the UN decisions.

Bangladesh maintains its principled position on a comprehensive solution to the Middle-East question in accordance with the relevant Security Council Resolutions, the Arab peace initiative and the quartet roadmap."

Syriatimes was lucky enough to encounter and interview the  non-resident Bangladeshi  ambassador to Syria Nahida Sobhani in her recent visit to Syria :

N.S “I arrived here a few days ago and I presented my credential papers to minister Mikdad. It is my first visit to Syria. But certainly as an ambassador I look forward to having more frequent visits here .It has been sometime since Bangladesh has had an ambassador in Syria. I have had a very good experience working with the Syrian delegation in Geneva”.

ST: Are there any dimensions that you  will follow in bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Syria ?

N.S “Actually the relation between Bangladesh and Syria  goes back  a long way. Our father of the nation Banga Bandhu (friend of Bengal) had a very good friendship with the previous president of Syria Hafez al-Assad.

It was in the early 70s that Bangladesh became independent and so the relations have gone a long way from the 70s until now with Syria. Our current Prime Minister has also pledged to further strengthen the relations between Syria and Bangladesh. My intention is strengthening trade relations and we see a lot of opportunities there. We see Syria embarking on the path of re construction and further development.There will be an opportunity for Bangladesh to help in this”.

 Editor In Chief

Reem Haddad