Azerbaijan and Bangladesh may benefit from potential bilateral ties – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Azerbaijan is called the “land of fire” because of the incessant fires emanating from a place called Yanar Dag near the Azerbaijani capital Baku. This place is also known as the “Burning Mountain”. The light and the sparks of fire rose up to three meters. The tourist Marco Polo came here in the 13th century. Even then, he saw the spark of this “mysterious” fire and recorded it in the travelogue.

Centuries later, the famous French writer Alexandre Dumas also spoke of this mysterious flame. Fire worshipers have been offering sacrifices for two thousand years. In Soviet times, when scientists discovered large amounts of oil, the whole region was exploited by the Moscow government. As a result, the intensity of the flame decreases to zero. The Azerbaijani government maintained gas supplies to other wells to keep the flames alight. When a tourist comes to this region, do not miss the blazing flame of Baku. Tourists watch the fire from a local cafe. Yana’s 10-meter-long wall of fire has been burning for thousands of years.

Bangladesh is geographically a country in South Asia. Go to the South Asian economic miracle. Today, Bangladesh is well known around the world for continuing its rapid economic growth. The prestige of Bangladesh in the international community is growing day by day.

However, bilateral relations exist between Azerbaijan and Bangladesh. According to the website of the Azerbaijani Embassy in India, Bangladesh recognized the independence of Azerbaijan on December 30, 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on February 26, 1992. The Ambassador of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan in India is also recognized in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi Ambassador to Turkey is recognized as the Bangladeshi Ambassador to Azerbaijan. Bangladesh supported Azerbaijan at the UN over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azerbaijan supported Bangladesh for its nomination to the International Maritime Organization in 2011.

Bangladesh supported Azerbaijan at the UN over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Bangladesh supports Azerbaijan’s position on the issue of the Khojali genocide. In 2013, Azerbaijan and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between their foreign service academies.

Azerbaijan and Bangladesh have shown interest in expanding trade and investment. There is an opportunity of potential bilateral trade relations between Azerbaijan and Bangladesh on the basis of their export and import items. In addition, the cotton industry has enormous potential to become an important export sector in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan wants to import clothing, medicine, leather and ceramic products made in Bangladesh. Azerbaijan is also keen to import labor from Bangladesh to support infrastructure development efforts.

Bangladesh and Azerbaijan agreed to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields. The information came from a meeting between Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Saturday.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Azerbaijan in 2019 to attend the 18th NAM Summit. She met President Aliyev.

The two leaders agreed to deepen the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Azerbaijan in various fields. The meeting held at the Presidential Palace here. The two leaders discussed the historical and cultural ties between Bangladesh and Azerbaijan.

The Prime Minister recalled with deep respect the cooperation of Azerbaijan as part of the then Soviet Union during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. At the same time, President Aliyev recalled the cooperation of Azerbaijan. Bangladesh with Azerbaijan as a new country in 1992. Sheikh Hasina thanked Azerbaijan for its moral and material support to the Rohingya issue in Bangladesh. The two leaders expressed the hope that Bangladesh’s labor exports to Azerbaijan would be further expanded in the future.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the remarkable aspects of the remarkable success of the agricultural sector in Bangladesh. Aliyev praised the achievements of Bangladesh in various sectors under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and expressed surprise at the government’s assurance of food security for such a large population. When the Prime Minister invited the President of Azerbaijan to visit Bangladesh, Aliyev accepted the invitation. Sheikh Hasina also referred to the future opening of a Bangladesh office in Azerbaijan.

In 2013, the two countries agreed to form a Joint Economic Commission (JEC) to “explore untapped trade, economic and investment opportunities”. According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Azerbaijani government (website of “Azerbaijani Embassy in India”), the Azerbaijani government has provided assistance of $ 200,000 to Bangladesh under the UNESCO program. capacity building for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of Bangladesh. The government of Azerbaijan expressed its gratitude to the government of Bangladesh for supporting Azerbaijan’s candidacy for the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the 2017-2019 term on June 14, 2016. In January-June 2015, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Bangladesh was $ 585.17 million.

In 2014, Azerbaijan sent a draft agreement on trade and economic cooperation (TEC) to the Ministry of Commerce of the government of Bangladesh. The agreement “will help broaden their cooperation in the economic field, involving government agencies working in professional bodies, companies, federations, chambers, regional and local entities”. The agreement provides for “the improvement of visits, meetings and other interactions between individuals and businesses of the two countries in order to ensure participation in fairs, trade events, seminars, symposia and conferences”. In 2019, Bangladesh and Azerbaijan signed an agreement to strengthen cultural ties during the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s visit to Azerbaijan, which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sees as the start of a trip to improve relations between the two countries.

Bangladesh and Azerbaijan can work in the field of Islamic tourism, fight against Covid-19, terrorism, etc. Bangladesh supports Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. Azerbaijan must stand with Bangladesh to resolve the Rohingya crisis. Azerbaijani policymakers, including the president, are expected to visit Bangladesh to strengthen ties. People-to-people contacts must be accelerated. The peoples of the two countries can exchange religious and cultural benefits. There are many opportunities for potential bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Bangladesh. Azerbaijan and Bangladesh should harness the potential to secure their bilateral interests.