Bangladesh–Maldives relations

Bangladesh–Maldives relations refer to the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Maldives.[1][2] Rear Admiral Akhtar Habib is the Bangladeshi ambassador to the Maldives.[3]


Maldives and Bangladesh established diplomatic relations on 22 September 1978. Maldives opened its High Commission in Bangladesh in 2008.[4] In 2011 Maldives government removed duty on all Bangladesh exports to the country.[5] On 2011 Bangladesh Army gave Maldives National Defence Force 7 military trucks.[6] Maldives closed its High Commission in Dhaka on March 2014 after the foreign ministry budget was slashed by 40 percent. Bangladesh offered to pay rent for embassy premises among other local costs but was refused "politely" by Maldives.[4] On December 2014 Bangladesh sent 100 thousand litre of water after Maldives sole water desalination plant stopped working after catching fire.[7] Maldives announced its intention to reopen the High Commission in Dhaka on July 2015.[8]

Economic relations

Maldives has a significant Bangladeshi migrant worker population and has encouraged the migration of Bangladeshi workers.[9][10] Bangladesh has a High Commission in Maldives.[11] Maldivian government regularized the immigration status of more than 16 thousand Bangladeshi migrants on 2009.[12] In 2011 Bangladesh exported goods worth .72 million USD and imported 1.46 million USD from Maldives.[5] Official estimated suggest there are 70 to 80 thousand Bangladeshis in Maldives. On 30 March 2015 Bangladeshi expatriate community held a protest outside the Bangladesh embassy to protest against the death of two Bangladeshi expatriates. Maldivian government warned that the protesters risked losing their visas. Ahmed Tholal, the Vice President of Human Rights Commission in Maldives, called the government move unconstitutional.[13]


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  2. "Maldives keen to deepen trade with Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. "Akhtar Habib new ambassador to Maldives". The Daily Star. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  4. 1 2 "Maldives closes Dhaka mission today". The Daily Star. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  5. 1 2 "Maldives eyes direct shipping link with Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  6. "Bangladesh Army chief meets Maldives President". Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  7. "Bangladesh sends water to aid Maldives' crisis". The Daily Star. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  8. "Maldives to reopen Dhaka mission". Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  9. "Bangladesh seeks stronger trade ties with Maldives". Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  10. "Maldives keen to recruit more workers from Bangladesh". The Daily Star. 2 August 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  11. "Newly appointed Bangladesh high commissioner to Maldives makes a courtesy call on President". BSS. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  12. "16,100 Bangladeshi workers in Maldives to be regularised". The Daily Star. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  13. "Bangladeshi expats to protest 2 compatriots' death in Maldives". The Daily Star. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
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