Islamabad, 9 February 2022 (TDI): Ambassador of Switzerland Mr. Benedict de Cerjat called on Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of Pakistan Air Force.

The visiting dignitary lauded the professionalism of PAF personnel and the exceptional progress made by PAF over the years, especially through indigenization.

The Air Chief highlighted that both countries enjoy cordial relations and reiterated his resolve to enhance their actual bilateral cooperation. For instance, cooperation between the air forces of the two countries.

Various matters of mutual interest and professional cooperation also came under discussion during the meeting.

Pakistan and Switzerland relationship

The two nations established diplomatic relations in 1949 after the independence of Pakistan. Since then, their relationship continue to be cordial and friendly.

Actually, Switzerland and Pakistan have signed various bilateral agreements. For instance, both have signed agreements on investment protection, debt consolidation, air transport, disaster relief, education, and more.

Moreover, both nations cooperate in economic, humanitarian aid, and development cooperation. Furthermore, Pakistan and Switzerland interact through bilateral political consultations. Political consultation is an activity that happens regularly. For instance, in 2021, both states representatives participated in the 11th session of the political consultation, and previously both states had the 10th session of the political consultation in 2018.

The two nations have their representatives in the other. Pakistan has its embassy in Bern. Switzerland, for its part, has its embassy in Islamabad, a Consulate-General in Karachi, and an Honorary Consulate in Lahore.

Regarding multilateral relations, the two are parts of similar international organizations. For instance, they are members of the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Health Organization, and more.

Who is Ambassador Benedict de Cerjat?

Ambassador Cerjat was born on January 13, 1957, in Bern. Cerjat has a master of law degree from the University of Neuchatel in 1979. Before, being appointed to Pakistan, Ambassador Cerjat worked in different places. For instance, in Belgium, Belarus, Canada, and more as a representative of Switzerland.