Bangladesh–Kosovo relations

Bangladeshi–Kosovan relations are foreign relations between Bangladesh and Kosovo.[a] Bangladesh recognised the Republic of Kosovo as independent state on 27 February 2017. A year later on the same date, Kosovan consul in New York Teuta Sahatqija and Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen signed a treaty to officially establish diplomatic relations.[1]



Diplomatic mission
noneEmbassy of Kosovo, Dhaka
noneAmbassador Güner Ureya

Bangladesh's reaction to the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence

On 29 June 2008, Bangladeshi Chief Advisor, Fakhruddin Ahmed, during a meeting with the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, James F. Moriarty, affirmed that "Bangladesh will recognize the new European country". The Chief Advisor also assured the US ambassador that "Bangladesh is committed to lobbing [sic] Asian Muslim countries to recognize Kosovo. Bangladesh will actively contribute to the development of Kosovo".[2] Following a meeting on 17 December 2008 between Bangladeshi Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and Moriarty, the media were told that the question of Kosovo recognition was under "active consideration of the [Bangladeshi] government."[3] In a press briefing on 22 August 2009, Bangladesh's Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said "At this moment, we don't feel the necessity to recognise Kosovo". He said that his government would consider "many factors" before making its decision. "If we recognise Kosovo, we are certainly taking one side. But if we don't, we are not taking anyone's side," he said.[4] In a meeting with US Ambassador Moriarty on 15 November 2009, Quayes said that an independent decision would be made on Bangladesh's recognition of Kosovo, keeping the country's national interests in consideration. It has been reported that Bangladesh has not yet recognised Kosovo as it is focusing on strengthening ties with Moscow – Russia had formally requested Bangladesh not to recognise [Kosovo].[5] On 13 May 2010, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dipu Moni said that her country will come to a decision regarding the recognition of Kosovo's independence after the International Court reaches a conclusion about the matter.[6] Following a September 2010 meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that Bangladesh had promised to decide positively regarding recognition of Kosovo.[7]
After giving a speech at Ankara University in April 2012, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina responded to a question about recognising Kosovo by stating "We have already discussed the matter and are observing the situation in Kosovo. You may soon hear the good news".[8]
In December 2013, the Special Representative of Bangladesh to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation stated that recognition of Kosovo would be seriously considered.[9]


The Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh recognised the Republic of Kosovo as indipendente state on 27 February 2017.[10] Bangladeshi Prime minister Sheikh Hasina send the verbal note to Kosovan Prime minister Isa Mustafa.[11]


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently (this note self-updates) recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. "Kosova vendos marrëdhënie diplomatike me Bangladeshin". KOHA (in Albanian). 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  2. Kosovo to receive more recognitions, New Kosova Report, 2008-06-30
  3. Moriarty congratulates Iftekhar on lifting of emergency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, 2008-12-17 Archived 16 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Quayes rules out Kosovo recognition". 22 August 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. "US seeks Dhaka's support". The Daily Star. 16 November 2009.
  6. "Dr. Dipumoni Speaks on the Recognition of Kosovo's Independence". Voice of America. 13 May 2010.
  7. Bangladeshi e Kenia pro pavarësisë së Kosovës, Gazeta Express, 2010-09-21 (in Albanian) Archived 19 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "'People's empowerment key to development'". 13 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19.
  9. Lobimi i ministrit Hoxhaj, njohja në agjendë nga Bangladeshi, Togo dhe Taxhikistani, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, 2013-12-10
  10. "Bangladesh Officially Recognizes Kosovo as an Independent State". Dhaka Tribune. 27 February 2017.
  11. Prime Minister Mustafa accepted verbal note of recognition of Kosovo by Bangladesh, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, 2016-02-28