Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Momen in the capital Ankara on Sunday to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation projects.
“Hosted FM Abdul Momen from Bangladesh who will inaugurate the bust of the founding President of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the park named after him tomorrow in Ankara,” Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter.
“We discussed our bilateral relations and our cooperation projects,” he added.
Bangladesh celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence on March 26.
Although the two modern nation-states established formal diplomatic relations in 1974, the extensive relations between Turkey and the people of Bengal have existed since medieval times, through the latter’s Sultanate, Mughal and British periods, until in modern times. Apart from Mughal-Ottoman relations, Bengali Muslims supported Turkey in its war of independence in the early 20th century. Cultural interactions and exchanges throughout history have had a substantial influence on different aspects of cooperation.
In 2019, Ankara launched its “Asia Anew” initiative, which aims to strengthen the country’s cooperation with Asian countries. The initiative covers various areas, including trade, culture, defense and investment. In this initiative, Bangladesh can be a key element due to its booming economy and strategic importance. Çavuşoğlu, for example, noted that “Bangladesh is one of Turkey’s key partners in the ‘Asia Anew’ initiative, with its vibrant economy and young population.”
The past decade has opened a new dimension for a growing partnership between Turkey and Bangladesh after then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Dhaka in 2010 and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina , visited Turkey in 2011. These visits served for the formation of the Turkey-Bangladesh Business Council and the development of an extensive cooperation diversification program.