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  • Zia’s letter to President Carter on Ganges water sharing

    Zia’s letter to President Carter on Ganges water sharing

    On November 30, the General Assembly elected Bangladesh to a 2-year term on the Security Council through secret ballot voting. The U.S. state department decided to support Japan, yet Bangladesh managed to pull it off as Japan withdrew its candidacy after two rounds of voting. Ziaur Rahman in his letter to President Carter informed the […]

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  • President Zia’s exchange of letters with Carter on UN Security Council

    President Zia’s exchange of letters with Carter on UN Security Council

    Bangladesh was a successful candidate for the United Nations Security Council’s membership in 1978. But before the election for membership, Bangladesh needed the support of the majority of the nations including the permanent member United States. President Zia on June 26, 1978, wrote a letter to President Jimmy Carter of the U.S. for his support […]

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  • Joint Statement: Meeting with President Ziaur of Bangladesh

    Joint Statement: Meeting with President Ziaur of Bangladesh

    President Carter and President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh met for one hour today. The two Presidents held a wide-ranging discussion on bilateral and international matters. Others participating in the talks included Foreign Minister Shamsul Huq, Agriculture Minister Nurul Islam, Information Consultant Daud Khan Majlis, Ambassador Tabarak Husain and Additional Foreign Secretary Ataul Karim for Bangladesh […]

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  • Remarks of the Presidents: Meeting between Carter & Zia

    Remarks of the Presidents: Meeting between Carter & Zia

    President Ziaur Rahman is the first Bangladeshi President to be invited to the White House of the United States as a president’s guest. He went to visit President Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States at the Oval Office on August 27, 1980. After their 20-minute-long meeting, they met key officials in the […]

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  • Zia’s exchange of letters with President Carter on food assistance

    Zia’s exchange of letters with President Carter on food assistance

    Bangladesh suffered from a famine in 1974 and due to the growing population problem, despite some immediate steps taken by the Zia administration, was struggling to harvest sufficient food for a country with a population of nine million. To avert another famine, Ziaur Rahman personally encouraged leaders of the developed world to provide food assistance […]

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  • UK Foreign Office’s confidential letter on Zia

    UK Foreign Office’s confidential letter on Zia

    President Ziaur Rahman paid an official visit to the United Kingdom in June 1980 that made headlines in The Times and The Guardian. A letter was sent to the Prime Minister’s office when he expressed his willingness to visit the United Kingdom and have a discussion with Prime Minister Margaret Hilda Thatcher from the Foreign […]

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  • UN Secretary General on Zia’s death

    UN Secretary General on Zia’s death

    U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim sent a message to Acting President Abdus Sattar on May 30, 1981, over an urgent cable through United Nations Information Center, Dhaka. The message reads: Mr. President, I wish to express to you and through you to the Government and people of Bangladesh my horror and grief at the tragedy which […]

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  • Indira Gandhi’s condolence

    Indira Gandhi’s condolence

    India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi expressed shock at the assassination of Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman, whom she called a man of ‘statesmanlike vision.’ We are shocked at the tragic news of his excellency President Ziaur Rahman’s assassination. I have always condemned the politics of murder. President Ziaur Rahman led his country with distinction, giving special […]

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  • President Reagan on Zia’s death

    President Reagan on Zia’s death

    President Ronald Reagan of the United States of America, sent a message to Acting President Abdus Sattar of Bangladesh on the Death of President Ziaur Rahman immediately after he received the information on May 31, 1981. The message read: I was shocked and deeply grieved to learn of the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman. The […]

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  • The Times interview: Bangladesh and the hazards of democracy

    The Times interview: Bangladesh and the hazards of democracy

    President Zia ur-Rahman of Bangladesh leaned forward in his armchair, his eyes alight with enthusiasm: “Everybody knows our problems in this country are terrible but we have our muscles and we can work, dig and grow. We can pull ourselves up. With our, bare hands we can achieve great things.” No one knew better than […]

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