Bangladesh–Kuwait relations

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Bangladesh-Kuwait relations
Map indicating locations of Bangladesh and Kuwait

Bangladesh

Kuwait

Bangladesh–Kuwait relations refer to the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Kuwait.[1]

History[edit]

The Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah visited Bangladesh in 1974.[2] Bangladesh has a resident embassy in Kuwait.[3] In 1991 after Iraq had invaded Kuwait, Bangladesh sent soldiers for the United Nation led Operation Desert Shield to protect Saudi Arabia.[4] Bangladesh also fought in the First Gulf War as part of the International coalition.[5] Bangladesh army lost 59 soldiers in the war and in mine clearing operations after the war.[6] By 2016 728 Bangladeshi soldiers have died and 152 others were injured clearing land mines left behind by Iraq forces in the Gulf war under “Operation Reconstruction Kuwait”.[7][8] On March 2016 both nations signed a treaty to allow diplomatic passport holders of each country to travel without entry visas.[9] The Kuwaiti NGO Revival of Islamic Heritage Society was banned in Bangladesh for financing terrorism.[10]

Economic relations[edit]

In 2000 there were an estimated two million migrant Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait.[11] Kuwait placed a ban on the import of Bangladeshi workers in 2006 over alleged malpractices in recruitment by Bangladeshi private recruitment agencies.[12] On July 2008, 2000 Bangladeshi workers protested over living conditions and low wages which were 18 Kuwaiti dinar per month in Kawait.[13] Some of the workers were arrested for the protests but the Kuwait's labour ministry agreed to raise wages to 40 Kuwaiti dinar.[14][15]

In February 2015 Kuwait again allowed the entry of Bangladeshi workers after a ban of 7 years; this was done after India placed new restriction on the migration of Indian workers to Kuwait. The total number of Bangladeshi migrant workers had been reduced to 190 thousand by 2014.[16] By 2016 number has come to 200 thousand migrant workers.[17] On May 2016 the Government Kuwait agreed to help the Government of Bangladesh establish an oil refinery in Bangladesh.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kuwait, Bangladesh deepen cooperation - Kuwait Times". Kuwait Times. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ "PM for strengthening Bangladesh-Kuwait ties". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Kuwaiti Amir keen to visit Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Kuwait PM due today". The Daily Star. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Kuwaiti-Bangladeshi military ties distinctive: Senior officer - Kuwait Times". Kuwait Times. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Kuwait revisited". The Daily Star. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh Army men risk lives to rebuild Kuwait". The Independent. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Bangladesh helps reconstruct Kuwait". banglanews24.com. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Bangladesh, Kuwait sign 4 accords". banglanews24.com. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Banned Kuwait-based NGO runs covertly". The Daily Star. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  11. ^ Chowdhury, From Rashed (1 November 2000). "Bangladesh, Kuwait sign agreement". GulfNews. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Kuwait may reopen its door in Feb". The Daily Star. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Bangladeshi workers held in Kuwait". The Daily Star. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Bangladeshi workers held in Kuwait". The Daily Star. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait end strike". The Daily Star. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Kuwait reopens entry of Bangladeshi workers in Feb". The Daily Star. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Bangladesh, Kuwait reiterate zero tolerance to terrorism". The Daily Star. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Kuwait to help build oil refinery". The Daily Star. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.