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50 years of Bilateral Relations

Sweden holds Lucia Reception

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 16 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Sweden holds Lucia Reception

The Swedish Embassy in Dhaka held a traditional Lucia Reception celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations between Sweden and Bangladesh.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam graced the event as the chief guest on Tuesday.

Ambassador Alexandra Berg von Linde said that celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations has been a milestone, also mentioning that Sweden was one of the first European countries to recognise Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign state.

“50 years is an excellent opportunity to reflect. On what has been – and what is to come.

During these past decades, Sweden is proud to have both witnessed the impressive development journey of Bangladesh, and to some extent also contributed to it,” said Alexandra Berg von Linde, the Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh.

“Our partnership is in transition. At the outset, our relations focused on humanitarian support. This later shifted into development cooperation that has had long-term impacts in many areas. Today, we are glad to also see an increased focus on expanding our trade and commercial relations, with a focus on sustainability, where Sweden and Swedish companies have a lot to offer. As our countries have evolved, so has our partnership – and it continues to grow.”

At the event at Bay’s Gallery, the Embassy of Sweden also showcased an Exhibition called “50 years through 50 voices” that included a range of stories that captures the broad, deep and rich history of the two countries.