Swiss President arrives Sunday in first Bangladesh trip
Published : Saturday, 3 February, 2018 at 7:33 PM Count : 1119
The Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset arrives in Dhaka on a four-day official visit on Sunday.
Dhaka is ready to welcome the state guest with red carpet reception as this is the first official visit by any Swiss president to Bangladesh, reports UNB.
The Swiss President is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1:15pm on the day where his Bangladesh counterpart President Abdul Hamid will be there to receive him.
Cabinet members, including Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, are also expected to remain present.
A smartly turned out contingent comprising members of Bangladesh Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Navy will give guard of honour to the Swiss President.
He will be welcomed with a 21-gun salute.Two tiny tots will present bouquets to President Berset.
After the warm reception at the airport, the Swiss President will be taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.
President Berset will visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar district on Tuesday and listen to stories of tortures from Rohingyas.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will meet the Swiss President at Sonargaon Hotel at 6pm on Sunday.
On Monday, President Berset will visit Savar National Mausoleum to pay homage to Liberation War martyrs.
He will also visit Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Swiss President will have official talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Monday afternoon.
President Abdul Hamid will host dinner in honour of his Swiss counterpart at Bangabhaban in the evening.
There will be two main focuses -- solidarity with a country that is severely affected by the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar and the establishment of closer bilateral relations, says the Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.
Apart from underscoring the current status of bilateral relations, the two countries will discuss ways to further strengthen economic, development and cultural cooperation during the visit.
Besides, solidarity with Bangladesh over the Rohingya crisis will be a major focus of the talks, according to the Swiss Embassy.
On Tuesday, Berset will visit the Kutupalong camp in the Cox's Bazar, where Switzerland provides humanitarian aid to refugees from the Rohingya ethnic group who have fled Myanmar.
During his stay in Bangladesh, Berset will meet civil society representatives, Swiss businesses active in Bangladesh, and visit 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. Bangladesh is a priority country in Swiss 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.