Swiss Ambassador meets Foreign Secretary to discuss National Elections

Local news, 06.01.2019

On 6 January 2019 the Ambassador of Switzerland, René Holenstein met with the Foreign Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh, Md. Shahidul Haque.

The Ambassador told the Foreign Secretary that Switzerland took note of the elections results of the 11th Parliamentary Elections and commended all parties for their participation in the process. He deplored the violence that occurred before and during the elections causing unnecessary suffering and pain. Ambassador Holenstein referred to reported accounts of intimidation, irregularities and further obstacles to a level playing field throughout the process, which have tainted the electoral campaign and the vote, and underlined the need to address these reports in full transparency and according to the rule of law. The Ambassador stressed that Switzerland trusts that the new Government of Bangladesh will uphold the democratic values it was elected upon and that it will support the people’s will to move towards democracy in full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms. He assured the Foreign Secretary that Switzerland looked forward to its continued partnership with Bangladesh.