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History of Bangladesh Myanmar Relations

Bangladesh’s relation with Myanmar goes back to history. Myanmar is the only country apart from India with which we share both land and maritime borders.

Myanmar was amongst the first neighboring countries to have recognized Bangladesh on 13 January 1972. Myanmar was the sixth country to recognize Bangladesh as an independent country.

Immediately after the independence, Bangladesh established diplomatic relations with Myanmar and quickly opened its Embassy in Yangon on 01 April 1972.

The then Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Mr. Abdus Samad Azad, visited Myanmar as early as in May 1972.

Both the neighbours signed their first bilateral agreement; the Trade Agreement, in August 1973.

Exchange of many high level visits including  Presidential, Prime Ministerial and Foreign Ministerial level visits steered bilateral relations between the two countries.

Myanmar’s the then President General Ne Win was the first Asian Head of State to visit independent Bangladesh in April 1974. He again visited Bangladesh in May 1979 and November 1982.

The then President of Bangladesh  paid state visit to Myanmar in July 1977.

The then President of Bangladesh visited Myanmar in February 1982.

The then Chief Marshal Law Administrator (CMLA) of Bangladesh visited Myanmar in May 1983.

Myanmar's Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) paid a state visit to Bangladesh in December 2002.

The then  Prime Minister of Bangladesh visited Myanmar in 19-21 March 2003.

Former Prime Minister of Myanmar General Khin Nyunt visited Bangladesh in April 2004.

Former Vice Senior General of Myanmar U Maung Aye, Vice Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) visited Bangladesh from 7-9 October 2008.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid an official visit to Myanmar on 5-7 December, 2011.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid an Official Visit to Myanmar from 05-07 December 2011 at the invitation of the President of Myanmar.

Hon'ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina again visited Myanmar in March 2014 to participate in the 3rd  BIMSTEC Summit.

Since establishing diplomatic relations, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed more than 30 (thirty) Agreements, Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and Protocols.