Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh

1962, BA (Hons) and 1963, MA, in Economics, University of Dhaka. 1964-66, taught Economics, University of Dhaka. 1966, joined Pakistan Foreign Service (PFS); has served in various capacities at the headquarters (Dhaka) and at Bangladesh Missions abroad, including New York (Vice-Consul, Acting Consul General), New Delhi (First Secretary, Counsellor and Deputy High Commissioner) and Beijing (Deputy Chief of Mission with the rank of an Ambassador). Freedom fighter; contributed to the diplomatic front of the war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. 1971, joined the Bangladesh Liberation Movement; appointed as the Representative of the Provisional Government of Bangladesh at Mujibnagar in United States in May 1971. 1986-96, successively Ambassador to Bhutan, Germany (concurrent accreditation to Austria, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), Nepal. 1996-2001, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. As Additional Foreign Secretary (Bilateral), negotiated and signed the Tin Bigha Corridor Implementation Agreement with India (1992); also negotiated the Burmese Refugees Repatriation Agreement with Myanmar in 1992. 2001, retired from active service and joined the Awami League Party; has sat on various committees and councils. 2013, Minister for Foreign Affairs; 2014, re-appointed; 2014, elected Member of Parliament. Interests: reading, music and games, especially tennis.