The Bangladesh government has completed the construction of the Chancery Complex in Ankara on 3 September 2020.
The enormous complex features a Chancery building, Embassy residence, 229-seat high-tech auditorium named ‘Victory 1971’, automated mechanical and electrical systems, a mosque, gymnasium, display centre for Bangladeshi made products and library.
A bust of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a Shaheed Minar are also present at the complex. A 36 sq m mural work titled ‘Invincible Bangladesh’ as well as terracotta works on the rural life of Bangladesh are also there.
The Chancery Complex is scheduled to be virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 14 September.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, M.P. and Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu are expected to remain present at the Complex during virtual inauguration according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and Turkey have exceedingly close bilateral relations that are rooted in shared faith, culture and history. Today the two modern Muslim-majority nations also have become important trading partners of each other with imports and exports exceeding a $1 billion.
Turkey also exports a large number of military equipment to Bangladesh including armoured vehicles, artillery systems, warships and missile systems. The Turkish Navy has trained Bangladeshi submariners and Special Forces personnel.
Turkey is set to become one of the largest defence equipment suppliers to Bangladesh by 2025. A defence exhibition was planned to be held in Bangladesh in October this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it will now be held virtually.
The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has invited the Bangladesh Air Force to participate in its TFX fighter aircraft program. Bangladesh Air Force is expected to acquire transfer of technology from Turkey to manufacture trainer aircraft and aircraft components indigenously for the first time.
Bangladesh and Turkey signed a military agreement on 10 March 1981 for military training, education and joint cooperation between the forces of both nations. Turkey remains strongly committed to Bangladesh in relation to the Rohingya crisis.