Bangladesh and Switzerland agreed to continue to work together
2 March 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh and Switzerland have agreed to continue to work together in global negotiations in the areas of migration and climate. The agreement came at the second Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) between Bangladesh and Switzerland held at the Foreign Ministry on Sunday.
Ambassador Mizanur Rahman, Additional Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Bangladesh delegation while Ambassador Johannes Matyassy, Assistant State Secretary for Asia and Pacific, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, led the Swiss side.
Switzerland and Bangladesh discussed bilateral cooperation in various sectors including Trade and Investment, Development, Human Rights, Cultural Exchanges, Renewable Energy, and Connectivity.
Bangladesh side mentioned that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s vision was to follow Switzerland as a role model in foreign policy and make Bangladesh a “Switzerland of the East”. Based on the philosophy of their most famous thinker, Voltaire, Switzerland has long followed a policy of steadfast neutrality in international affairs.
Bangladesh and Switzerland appreciated the establishment of the political consultation mechanism as this would make bilateral interactions possible on a regular basis.
It was also noted by the Bangladesh side that Bangladesh is going to co-host the South Asian Regional Consultation on “Climate Change, Disasters and Human Mobility in South Asia and Indian Ocean”, along with Switzerland and Norway, in Khulna from April 3-5, 2015.
Different governments of South Asian and the Indian Ocean Rim Association countries are expected to participate in the regional consultations which will be held as a part of the Nansen Initiative, named after the Norwegian diplomat and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
The Swiss side appreciated Bangladesh for co-hosting the event. Both delegations agreed to work on common values in the UN and other international and regional organizations including the Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM. Both countries joined ASEM in November 2012. The next political consultation will take place in Bern, Switzerland.
Besides the Foreign Office Consultations, the Swiss delegation met Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary. The delegation will also pay a courtesy call on the Speaker of the Parliament on Monday.