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A joint declaration, identifying the key areas for broader cooperation between the two countries, was issued
Stating that the root of the Rohingya problem lies in Myanmar, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the international community, including Switzerland, to keep pressurizing Myanmar for an early and peaceful solution to the crisis.
The prime minister came up with the call in a joint statement after meeting Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset at her office on Monday.
She said: “We had a productive meeting today. We’ve discussed the Rohingya crisis during bilateral talks. I shared that as the root of the problem lies in Myanmar, the solution has to be found there.”
“I put emphasis on full and immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission report, as that is vital for the sustainable, safe and dignified return of the Rohingya people to their homes in Myanmar,” the prime minister said.
Sheikh Hasina thanks Alain Berset for making his historic first-ever official visit to Bangladesh PIB
At the meeting, she said, they discussed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which provides a unique opportunity to build new global partnerships. She also said both the countries have agreed to conclude a framework MoU on collaboration related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
A joint declaration, identifying the key areas for broader cooperation between the two countries, was issued, she said adding: “We may now ask our respective authorities to develop a roadmap for the implementation of our joint undertakings.”
She thanked Alain Berset for making his historic first-ever official visit to Bangladesh and termed it “a milestone” in 45 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
She said the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had great admiration for Switzerland for its democratic values, high economic achievement, and unique foreign policy centred on peace, friendship and firm neutrality. “Bangabandhu, my father, looked at Switzerland as a model and wanted to develop Bangladesh as the ‘Switzerland of the East’,” she added.
Switzerland was among the first few West European countries to recognize Bangladesh as an independent state on March 13, 1972. Ever since, Switzerland became an important development partner and friend, she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holds bilateral talks with Swiss President Alain Berset on February 5, 2018 Focus Bangla
Hasina appreciated the role played by Switzerland regarding the Rohingya crisis at different United Nations forums.
“I’m very happy to learn that high level business delegations from both countries exchanged views in the first-ever Bangladesh-Swiss Business and Investment Forum held today,” she further added.
She hoped that Swiss companies would explore business opportunities in Bangladesh, and invited them to participate in sectors like oil and gas exploration, power and energy, critical infrastructure development, ICT, banking and insurance, and pharmaceuticals.