Bangladesh-Switzerland political talks held

Staff Correspondent

3 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The fourth round of political consultations between the foreign ministries of Bangladesh and Switzerland were held at the foreign ministry in the city on Tuesday.

Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh and Ambassador Raphael Nägeli, Assistant State Secretary for Asia-Pacific of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, led their respective sides at the talks.

Two countries discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral political, economic, development and cultural cooperation and exchanged views on socio-economic developments and human rights.

They also talked about a whole array of multilateral, regional and global topics of mutual interests, including Agenda 2030, climate change, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and recent developments in various regional forums.

Swiss delegation held a view-exchange meeting with the inter-agency committee of the commerce ministry. This committee was formed in September 2018 in a follow up to the Swiss presidential visit of February 2018 in order to promote bilateral trade and investment between both countries.

According to sources, the economic relations between the two countries are growing rapidly and trade volume has almost tripled since 2010.

Ambassador Nägeli and the Swiss delegation, which also includes Ambassador Thomas Gass, Assistant Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, paid courtesy calls on International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Gowher Rizvi and the Principal Coordinator for SDG Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad.

The delegation also met the representatives of the civil society, business, diplomatic community, international organizations and INGOs.