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Turkey wants to restore ties with Bangladesh

  • Published at 09:59 pm September 9th, 2016
  • Last updated at 02:02 pm September 10th, 2016
Turkey wants to restore ties with Bangladesh
Diplomatic scuffles began when Turkey condemned the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Nizami, who was convicted for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War and recalled the ambassador on May 12. According to the ambassador relations between the two Muslims countries is normal now. Liakat Ali, former ambassador said: “Turkey needs a friend like Bangladesh. Historically Bangladesh and Turkey enjoyed a good relationship for many years and Turkey needs to have a good relationship with Bangladesh for it's own accord.” Citing his experience in Geneva the Diplomatic told the Dhaka Tribune: “Earlier, without Bangladesh's support Turkey could have been isolated in international arena. Ankara knows that and thus they need to keep a good relationship with Bangladesh for their own interests.” Mohammad Jamir, former diplomatic said: “ The recent comments made by Turkey about the war crimes trial was their way of showing support for Pakistan. But now they can understand that they need Bangladesh thus they are very much eager to tie with Bangladesh again.” President Tayyip Erdogan had condemned the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Nizami, who was convicted of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, and recalled the ambassador on May 12 from Dhaka. Erdogan had also written to the then Presient Zillur Rahman over the war crime trial in 2012. Turkey has sent back its ambassador on August 12, three months after Turkey called back the ambassador to Ankara. After his return Ambassador Devrim Ozturk in a press briefing condemned the brutal murder of Bangladesh’s founding father on Aug 15, 1975 and expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her goverment's support of the Turkish democracy during the July 15 attempted coup. He said: “Bangladesh had helped Turkey by expressing its support to Erdogan's government after the failed coup attempt.” “Turkey is very interested in working with Bangladesh to curb militancy,” he added.