Soon after the independence, Bangladesh established a resident mission in Lebanon in 1973. In fact, that was one of the first resident missions of Bangladesh in the Middle East. During the Liberation War, Bangladesh was able to open its first Information Centre in Beirut in 1971 in the Middle East region. Lebanon, therefore, had served as a convenient springboard for Bangladesh. Unfortunately, after the outbreak of civil war in Lebanon from 1975-76 onwards and the consequent deteriorating security situation, Bangladesh was compelled to wind up its Mission in Beirut. Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut was again opened in July 2013. The Embassy is now focusing on boosting diplomatic, trade and economic engagement between Bangladesh and Lebanon including addressing streamlining manpower issues.