Bhutan and Switzer­land com­mit­tees to strengthen the ex­ist­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship

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The For­eign Sec­re­tary Sonam Tshong led a del­e­ga­tion for the sec­ond bi­lat­eral con­sul­ta­tions be­tween Bhutan and Switzer­land was held on 27 Novem­ber 2017 in Bern, Switzer­land.

Dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tions with the Swiss For­eign Min­istry, the two sides re­viewed the state of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and Switzer­land and dis­cussed ways and means to di­ver­sify and strengthen ex­ist­ing re­la­tions in­clud­ing ex­change be­tween aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, cul­tural ex­changes and pri­vate sec­tor part­ner­ships. Views on re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions, the United Na­tions and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions were also ex­changed. The two sides com­mit­ted to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional fora with a view to pro­mot­ing shared in­ter­ests.

The Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion also called on the Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Com­mit­tee of For­eign Af­fairs of the Swiss Par­lia­ment, and met with the Deputy State Sec­re­tary and the Board Mem­bers of the So­ci­ety-Switzer­land Bhutan (SSB).

Re­la­tions be­tween Bhutan and Switzer­land dates back to the close per­sonal friend­ship be­tween Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and the Von Schulthess fam­ily of Zurich in the 1950s, fol­low­ing which for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions was es­tab­lished on 16 Septem­ber 1985. Switzer­land was an im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment part­ner of Bhutan for four decades, and its as­sis­tance to Bhutan was in the ar­eas of demo­cratic gov­er­nance, ju­di­ciary, par­tic­i­pa­tory for­est man­age­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

The Bhutanese del­ega- tion in­cluded the For­eign Sec­re­tary, and in­cluded the Am­bas­sador/Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Bhutan to the United Na­tions in Geneva, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Depart­ment of Bi­lat­eral Af­fairs and other se­nior of­fi­cials from Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. The Swiss del­e­ga­tion was led by Am­bas­sador Jo­hannes Matyassy, As­sis­tant State Sec­re­tary for Asia and Pa­cific, Fed­eral Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs.

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