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Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Egypt
Relations between the two countries are governed by a series of bilateral agreements, on the compensation of Swiss interest (1964), investment protection (1973), double taxation (1987), air transport (1995) and legal assistance (2000). Egypt has benefited from four mixed loans totalling CHF 330 million. It was relieved of part of this debt in 1995. The Egyptian-Swiss development fund, which was set up at the same time, is scheduled to terminate in 2009. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) is involved in various bilateral and multilateral programmes to promote the Egyptian private sector. Cooperations exist in the fields of water resources and irrigation, the environment and healthcare. On 27 January 2007, Egypt and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) signed a free-trade agreement, followed up by a new agreement on the protection and promotion of investments in 2012.
As a result of the revolution on 25 January 2011, Switzerland increased its support for Egypt, especially in the areas of transition to democracy, human rights, economic development, job creation and migration. A bilateral framework agreement on cooperation and humanitarian aid was signed in January 2013.