Jun 1, 2012

Switzerland to open embassy in Myanmar

The Swiss government on Friday announced its plan to open an embassy in Myanmar this summer.
The step is intended as an acknowledgement of Myanmar's great potential both economically and as a tourism destination, Bern said.

Up to now, Switzerland's interests in Myanmar have been represented from its embassy in Bangkok.
The Swiss government expected the presence of Swiss citizens to increase in Myanmar. "The work required to support them is a further argument in favor of opening an embassy," it said.

Now 24 countries have embassies in Myanmar, including the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, China, Russia and the ASEAN nations.

The new Swiss mission in Myanmar will primarily pursue tasks related to safeguarding Switzerland's interests. Consular services will continue to be provided from the Regional Consular Center in Bangkok.

Source: Xinhua