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Swiss president to express solidarity with Rohingya

  • Published at 06:08 pm February 1st, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:11 pm February 1st, 2018
Swiss president to express solidarity with Rohingya
The Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset will pay a four-day visit to Bangladesh on Sunday. The visit, from February 4-7, will be the first official visit by any Swiss president to the country. The main focus of the trip is showing solidarity with Bangladesh – a country severely affected by the Rohingya crisis, and the establishment of closer bilateral relations. During the visit, the Swiss president will hold official talks with President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali. Apart from underscoring the current status of bilateral relations, the two countries will discuss ways to further strengthen economic, development and cultural cooperation. On Tuesday, Berset will visit the Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, where Switzerland provides humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees. During his stay in Bangladesh, Berset will meet with the representatives of civil society, Swiss businesses active in Bangladesh, and will visit at the Dhaka Art Summit, of which the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is a partner. Switzerland and Bangladesh enjoy longstanding relations in the area of development cooperation. At the same time, the bilateral economic relations are growing. The volume of trade between the two countries has more than doubled since 2010.