The word ‘except Israel’ is rising from Bangladeshi passports. It would be wrong to say ‘gone’. This is a good initiative. Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said Bangladesh has not yet recognized Israel. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, “Two words have been dropped to maintain the international standard of passports.”
The words of the two ministers mean that now you can go to any country with Bangladeshi passport. Now those who are getting new passports do not have those two words. This is a positive addition to the 50th anniversary of independence. Israel did not delay in recognizing the newly independent Bangladesh, the then government returned it. The lifting of the passport ban is the first step in establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“It is unacceptable,” said the Palestinian ambassador to Bangladesh, omitting the two words “except Israel.”
The foreign policy of the Bangabandhu government was, ‘Friendship with all, not enmity with anyone’ মেনে in line with that policy, it has been appropriate to omit the two words’ except Israel’. As of 2020, 184 of the 192 member states of the United Nations have recognized Israel. 26 countries did not give. Of these, 15 are Arab League members, 10 are OIC members, and the other three non-Muslim countries are Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela. Israel has full diplomatic relations with Egypt and Jordan. Four other Arab countries – Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco – have agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in 2020. Al-Aqsa Mosque inside Israel. You can go there with a new Bangladeshi passport.
After this news was published, I saw my 1969 passport upside down. “All Countries of the World Except Israel, Taiwan and the Republic of South Africa” is written on page 5 of this passport issued from Dhaka. I renewed it in New York in 1994, when the 5 page page was cut and said, ‘All Countries of the World Except Israel’. Israel, which was similarly written in 2006, cannot be visited. I don’t have Osbe’s bad luck in my American passport. However, he has not yet visited Israel. I have no plan to go. The recent Israeli-Hamas ceasefire has been in effect and there is often shelling. Who wants to go and lose the ‘soul of Sadh’? However, since those two words are not there, Bangladesh passport has got ‘universality’.