A press release was issued in this regard by the Swiss Embassy
The new Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, Nathalie Chuard, on Wednesday presented her credentials to President Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban.
A press release was issued in this regard by the Swiss Embassy.
Ambassador Chuard, according to the release, said that Bangladesh and Switzerland had been enjoying excellent relations in a wide range of areas over the last 48 years, and had stood by each other also during difficult times.
It would be her goal to further strengthen and expand bilateral ties between the two countries, she added.
Switzerland and Bangladesh have nurtured good and long-standing relations based on solidarity, respect and partnership, read the release.
Humanitarian assistance and development cooperation were the cornerstones of the bilateral ties in the early days.
While they remain a priority, the two countries are also increasingly focusing on expanding multilateral cooperation as well as trade and investment, which have grown rapidly in recent years, the release added.
As a response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Switzerland has committed over 8 million Swiss francs (Tk70 crore) to help Bangladesh overcome and recover from this unprecedented crisis.
Switzerland will also continue to work in partnership and solidarity with the government and people of Bangladesh to provide shelter, protection and assistance to the Rohingya refugees, and to constructively engage on a wide array of topics of mutual interest, including democratic governance and human rights, said the release.
Prior to her arrival in Bangladesh, Ambassador Chuard was the head of the Middle East and North Africa Division (humanitarian aid) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
She joined the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 2005 and served among other positions as the deputy head of the Human Rights Section in Berne, and as political coordinator at the Mission of Switzerland to the UN in New York.