Bangladesh–Turkey relations

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Bangladesh-Turkey relations



Bangladesh–Turkey relations refers to the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Turkey.


High level visits[edit]

Former Bangladeshi president Ziaur Rahman became the first Bangladeshi head of state to visit Ankara. In 1986, the then Turkish prime minister, Turgut Ozal paid a visit to Bangladesh.[1] Turkish President Suleyman Demirel joined Nelson Mandela and Yasser Arafat at the silver jubilee celebrations of Bangladesh's independence in 1997. In 1998, the two countries co-founded the Developing 8 Countries group. Turkish president Abdullah Gul paid an official visit to Dhaka in 2010.[2] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to Dhaka in 2010.[3][4] Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid an official visit to Ankara in 2012.[5]

Cultural ties[edit]

The Turkish blockbuster movie Fetih 1453 was released in the Bangladeshi cinema hall "Star Cineplex" on 3 March 2013. A Turkish food festival was held at Radisson Blu Water Garden in Dhaka in 2014.

Defense ties[edit]

In 2013, Turkey supplied Otokar Cobra light armored vehicles to the Bangladesh Army.[6]

Economic cooperation[edit]

Bangladesh and Turkey are among each others' key trading partners. The bilateral trade between the two countries is worth more than $1 billion.[7] Bangladeshi export items to Turkey have been dominated by apparel products. Since 2012, Bangladesh and Turkey have been in talks to sign a free trade agreement,[8] but signing of the agreement is halted due to the complications relating to Turkey's bid for accession to the European Union.[9][10] The shipbuilding industry of Bangladesh has also been identified as a potential sector for Turkish investment.[11]

Bangladesh and Turkey have signed a joint protocol on trade and investment in 2012. The Bangladesh-Turkey Joint Economic Commission has been holding biennial meetings to discuss the ways for increasing bilateral trade and investment.[12]


  1. ^ "Bangladesh-Turkey ties: a close look". New Age. 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ Muhammad Zamir (2010-02-15). "Consolidating Bangladesh-Turkey relations". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ "PM ERDOĞAN MEETS BANGLADESHI PM SHEIKH HASINA WAJID". TRT English. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Harun ur Rashid (2010-11-16). "A new horizon of cooperation". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  5. ^ Diplomatic Correspondent (2012-04-12). "PM reaches Turkey". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Army gets new SP guns, Metis M-1 missiles". 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Optimism for $10b Turkey-Bangla trade". The Bangladesh Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  8. ^ Hafez Ahmed (2012-04-14). "Dhaka, Ankara to sign FTA soon". The Financial Express. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  9. ^ "Dhaka for FTA talks with Turkey". Dhaka Tribune. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  10. ^ "Govt finalises draft framework of FTA with Turkey". New Age. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Marketing of Turkey-Bangladesh ties". New Age. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  12. ^ Hafez Ahmed (2012-11-13). "Dhaka, Ankara to raise trade to $3bn by 2015". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2014-01-25.