Category: Diplomacy


  • President Zia’s address at UN General Assembly

    President Zia’s address at UN General Assembly

    President Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam delivered a historic address on August 26, 1980, at the General Assembly of the United Nations where he particularly emphasized the adoption of the suggestions by the Brandt Commission during the Second Oil Crisis. The text of the speech is available for the readers here.

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  • Foreign policy under Ziaur Rahman

    Foreign policy under Ziaur Rahman

    Mohammad Amjad Hossain Yesterday May 30 was President Ziaur Rahman’s 27th anniversary of death. On the occasion, one feels it worth to recall his foreign policy among other achievements. When Ziaur Rahman took over on April 21, 1977, he not only consolidated his power base but also made foreign policy dynamic. Initially, he had made […]

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  • OIC Resolution calls Zia a ‘Martyr’

    OIC Resolution calls Zia a ‘Martyr’

    The Twelfth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers was held in Baghdad of Iraq from June 1-5, 1981. President Zia’s news of death came right before the inauguration of the conference and within days the foreign ministers of Islamic countries passed a special resolution on the death of Ziaur Rahman to commemorate his achievements and efforts […]

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  • Bangladesh President Appreciates U.S. Help And Hopes for More

    Bangladesh President Appreciates U.S. Help And Hopes for More

    Lee Lescaze, Washington Post (August 28, 1980) Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman met with President Carter yesterday to thank the United States for past assistance and explain Bangladesh’s need for even more aid in the future. Zia told a press conference that the White House meeting “was extremely useful to us.” Bangladesh, one of the world’s […]

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  • President Carter’s letter to Zia on his firm diplomacy

    President Carter’s letter to Zia on his firm diplomacy

    Bangladesh was at the forefront of the diplomatic efforts to tackle the hostage crisis in Iran and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Ziaur Rahman personally wrote a letter to President Bani Sadr of Iran after the Islamic Revolution regarding the hostage crisis and Bangladesh decided to boycott the Moscow Olympics to protest Soviet invasion in […]

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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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