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Bangladesh–Saudi Arabia relations


Bangladesh–Saudi Arabia relations

Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia relations
Map indicating locations of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh–Saudi Arabia relations had a strained beginning but have grown into a strong relationship between the Bangladeshi diaspora.[1][2][3][4]


Contacts between the people of what is modern Bangladesh and the people of Saudi Arabia began with the arrival of Arab merchants and Muslim clerics such as India and the Soviet Union, both of whom had strongly supported its independence. The pro-Soviet, secular and socialist policies of the regime of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of Bangladesh, also antagonized the anti-Communist Saudis.

Establishment of diplomatic relations

Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh formally established diplomatic relations in 1975-76, after the Hajj pilgrims. Saudi Arabia has become a major source of financing and economic aid to Bangladesh.[5]


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