Switzerland to appoint honorary consul in Bhutan
The bilateral consultations between Bhutan and Switzerland were held last Thursday in the capital.
The Bhutanese delegation was led by Ambassador Sonam T. Rabgye, Officiat- ing Foreign Secretary and the Swiss delegation was led by H.E. Ambassador Johannes Matyassy, Assistant State Secretary for Asia and Pacific, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Informal relations between Bhutan and Switzerland date back to the 1950s and since then Switzerland has been assisting Bhutan in its socio-economic development efforts. Formal diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Switzerland were established on 16 September 1985.The two countries will be jointly marking the 30th anniversary of re- lations and the long-standing friendship between our two nations and its peoples on 8 May in Thimphu.
The two sides reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations including the decades of cooperation in the area of development. Both sides underlined the excel- lent bilateral relations and the fruitful outcomes of the cooperation. They discussed the way forward in view of the completion of Swiss official development assistance. The possibility of extending some of the current Swiss supported development programmes till 2018 coinciding with the end of the 11th Five Year Plan was discussed.
As the relationship between the two countries continues to evolve and grow broader in scope, the two sides decided to institute regular bilateral consultations as a means to further strengthen the relations. Fostering institutional and academic linkages, peopleto-people contacts and private sector partnerships; as well as increasing cooperation in regional and multilateral fora were identified as other means to enhance bilateral relations. The two sides also discussed Switzerland’s proposal to appoint an Honorary Consul in Bhutan after the closure of the SDC office.