The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh AH Mahmood Ali has said that the relations with Switzerland have grown ‘strength to strength’ and the European country persists as a “dependable friend” of Bangladesh.
“In our socio-economic development, Switzerland remains a tested partner,” AH Mahmood Ali said at the celebration of the 45 years of diplomatic ties between the countries in Dhaka on Thursday.
Diplomatic relationship was established between the two countries on March 13 in 1972, the day when the European country recognized independent Bangladesh. Switzerland was among the first countries to recognize independent Bangladesh.
Currently, Bangladesh is one of the prioritized countries of Switzerland regarding development cooperation. Trade ties are also growing rapidly, as well as the volume more than doubling since 2010.
The Foreign Ministries of the two countries are holding regular political consultations from 2013. The third edition of the consultation is scheduled to happen in Switzerland this year.
The Foreign Minister said ‘sustained growth’ in trade and investment has been witnessed by both the countries as well as hoping that new areas should be explored for the further expansion.
SMEs and IT was particularly mentioned and he said they can draw more attention in bilateral economic relations in near future.
He also claimed the two countries are working “closely” in different international levels.
On the occasion, Switzerland Ambassador to Bangladesh Rene Holenstein also spoke.
A copy of a historic document laying the foundation of relations between the countries dated March 13, 1972 was handed over to the Foreign Minister by the Ambassador.
The document is a copy of the letter from the Swiss Confederation sent on April 13, 1972 to Bangladesh government informing the decision of the Swiss government to recognize Bangladesh as an independent country.
At the event, senior government officials, international and development partners, business community, members of the civil society, Bangladeshi artists and cultural actors was present among others.