Algeria–Bangladesh relations

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Algeria – Bangladesh relations
Map indicating locations of Algeria and Bangladesh

Algeria

Bangladesh

Algeria–Bangladesh relations refer to the bilateral relations between Algeria and Bangladesh. Algeria played a key role in Bangladesh's induction into the Organization of the Islamic Conference following the latter's independence from Pakistan in 1971.

Bangladesh has an embassy in Algiers, whilst Algeria has a non resident ambassador in Islamabad, Pakistan. Algerian President Houari Boumediene traveled to Bangladesh to take Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on a special plane to the Islamic Summit in Lahore in 1974.

History[edit]

Algeria is part of the Maghreb region. The 14th century traveller, Ibn Battuta, mentioned in his book of the presence of Maghrebis in Bengal during this time, mostly as merchants. He speaks of a certain Muhammad al-Masmudi, who lived there with his wife and servant.[1]

Modern[edit]

Algeria recognized Bangladesh soon after the latter's independence in December 1971. Relations further improved when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became the first Bangladeshi head of state to visit Algiers in 1973 as part of a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. In 1974 Algerian president Houari Boumediene paid an official visit to Dhaka.[2] Algeria played a lead role in encouraging Bangladesh to join the Organization of the Islamic Conference in 1974.[3]

Economic cooperation[edit]

Bangladesh and Algeria have shown interest in expanding the bilateral economic activities between the two countries.[4] Bangladeshi pharmaceuticals, melamine and leather goods have been identified as products with good potential in Algerian market.[5] In 2007, a 20-member Bangladeshi business delegation along with chefs toured Algeria to find ways for increasing bilateral trade and investment between the two countries and cook them Shorshey Ilish.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ibn Battutah. The Rehla of Ibn Battutah (PDF). Muhammad al-Masmudi, the Maghrebi ... an old inhabitant of the place (Bengal)... he had a wife and a servant
  2. ^ "Embassy in Dhaka soon: Algerian envoy". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  3. ^ "NAM summit and position of Bangladesh". The Financial Express. Dhaka. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Bangladesh-Algeria bilateral trade to expand: Iftekhar". The New Nation. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. ^ "President seeks Algerian investment in ICT, power". The Daily Star. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Algeria to set up embassy in Dhaka soon". Bangladesh News. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2014.