Bangladesh, Switzerland want strengthen ties

DHAKA, Bangladesh and Switzerland are keen to

further increase ties on bilateral political, economic, development and

cultural cooperation between the two nations.

The issues came up for discussion at the fourth round of bilateral

political consultations between Bangladesh and Switzerland held at the State

Guest House Meghna in the capital today, a press release said.

Ambassador Raphael Nageli, the Assistant State Secretary for Asia-Pacific

of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Ambassador

Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) to the Ministry of Foreign

Affairs of Bangladesh, led the respective delegations during the

consultations.

They talked about multilateral, regional and global topics of mutual

interests, including Agenda 2030, Climate Change, Universal Periodic Review

and recent developments in various regional fora.

Apart from taking stock of the current status of bilateral relations, the

two sides exchanged views on socio-economic developments and human rights.

The economic relations between Switzerland and Bangladesh are growing

rapidly as the trade volume has almost tripled since 2010, said the release.

Earlier on March 31, a five-member Swiss delegation arrived here to

participate in the consultations.

During their stay in Bangladesh, the Swiss delegation travelled to the

Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar on Monday to obtain a first-hand impression

about the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Under its current cooperation strategy, Switzerland is providing

development assistance to Bangladesh in key areas such as income and economic

development, democratic governance and safer migration.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)