From left to right, first row: Palau Ambassador to the United Nations Ngedikes Olai Uludong and Bangladesh UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen signed an agreement establishing the diplomatic relationship between their nations on July 19 in New York. In the second row are Palau Education Minister Sinton Soalablai, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen. (Photo courtesy of

The Bangladeshi community in Palau welcomed the news that Palau and Bangladesh had officially established diplomatic ties after the two nations United Nations (UN) ambassadors signed an agreement on July 19 at the office of the Permanent Mission of Palau to the UN in New York.

Bangladesh Association President Alauddin Alazad, in an interview, said that he feels “good” about the news and said that they have a good relationship with Palau.

“We will support Palau. We support local program. We like to help each other,” Alazad said.

Bangladesh UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen and Palau Ambassador to the UN Ngedikes Olai Uludong signed the diplomatic agreement as witnessed by Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

The two nations reportedly expressed their interest to collaborate in the areas of trade, tourism, climate change, disaster management, and international peace and security.

Meanwhile, Alazad said that there are currently around 200 Bangladeshis who are members of their association in Palau and they, as a group, engaged in community projects here like conducting clean-up drives.

The Bangladesh Association also recently donated food for inmates at the Division of Corrections on March 8, 2019.

According to the data from the Bureau of Immigration and Labor, there are currently 17% or 1,110 Bangladeshis are currently working in Palau, most of whom are in production jobs. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)