New Bangladeshi passport fuels speculation over Israel ties
01 June 2021 | 6:00 am
Bangladesh has dropped the "except Israel" clause from its e-passports but says its nonrecognition of Israel as a state remains unchanged. Many are baffled over whether Bangladesh nationals can travel to Israel.
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