Since its embassy was opened in 2012, Switzerland has supported the transition and peace process as well as Myanmar's socio-economic development. There were political consultations between the two countries on a regular basis up to 2020, including high-level meetings at regular intervals. In September 2014, President U Thein Sein made an official visit to Switzerland. He was the first head of state of Myanmar to do so.
On 1 February 2021, the military seized power in Myanmar, putting an abrupt end to a decade of political and economic opening. Since then the country has been mired in a severe political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis.
Switzerland strongly condemned the coup d'état and halted its financial and technical cooperation with the junta. In addition, Switzerland has been calling for a return to the democratic process and continuing its engagement
in Myanmar. Over the last year, this engagement has been redirected in significant ways, so as to reflect the new circumstances. One example of this is the cooperation strategy's portfolio, which has been adapted to focus to an even greater extent on meeting the population's basic needs and reducing conflict. Switzerland has attached importance to strengthening partnerships with ethnic service providers, civil society, the United Nations and the private sector.
The focus of Swiss cooperation in 2022 is on alleviating humanitarian distress, strengthening local communities' resilience, reducing violence and promoting dialogue. Switzerland pursues these goals through diplomacy, humanitarian aid, development cooperation and peacebuilding.
The Regional Consular Centre in Bangkok handles all consular affairs.