Swiss President due Sunday for solidarity with Rohingya

Swiss President due Sunday for solidarity with Rohingya

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The President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset will pay an official visit to Bangladesh on February 4-7, the first official visit by any Swiss president to Bangladesh.

There will be two main focuses – solidarity with a country that is severely affected by the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar and the establishment of closer bilateral relations.

During the visit, official talks with President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali are planned.

Apart from underscoring the current status of bilateral relations, the two countries will discuss ways to further strengthen economic, development and cultural cooperation during the visit.

In addition, solidarity with Bangladesh in the Rohingya crisis will be a major focus of the talks, according to Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.

On Tuesday, Berset will visit the Kutupalong camp in the Cox’s Bazar district, where Switzerland provides humanitarian aid to refugees from the Rohingya ethnic group who have fled Myanmar.

During his stay in Bangladesh, Berset will meet with the representatives of civil society, Swiss businesses active in Bangladesh, and will visit at the Dhaka Art Summit, of which the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is a partner.

Switzerland and Bangladesh enjoy longstanding relations in the area of development cooperation. Bangladesh is a priority country in Swiss development cooperation.

At the same time the bilateral economic relations are growing.

The volume of trade between the two countries has more than doubled since 2010.

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