Switzer­land to ap­point hon­orary con­sul in Bhutan

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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.

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