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President of the Swiss Confederation and U.S. Vice President at the White House
On February 25, 2014, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter was received by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Mr. Burkhalter and Mr. Biden took stock of the friendship and excellent relations between their two countries. Their discussion focused on bilateral relations and the possibilities presented by the OSCE for overcoming the crisis in the Ukraine. The economic relations between Switzerland and the U.S. are excellent as well. The United States are the second biggest market for Swiss exports after the European Union. Since many years Switzerland ranks among the top five foreign direct investors in the U.S. Close ties also result from the fact that more than a million U.S. citizens have Swiss roots. © FDFA
President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter arrives at the Dirksen Senate Office
building where he was testifying before the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in his capacity as Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
President and Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Didier Burkhalter and U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, in conversation before the hearing.
Speech by Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE and President of the Swiss Confederation before the Helsinki Commission
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Annual Visit of the Parliamentary Association Switzerland – USA
Strengthening Ties Between the Legislative Branches of the U.S. Congress and the Swiss Federal Assembly
Sharing common democratic values and similar constitutions, Switzerland and the United States have long been recognized as Sister Republics. Every year, The Friends of Switzerland Caucus of the U.S. Congress and the Parliamentary Association Switzerland-USA meet to strengthen the relationship between the legislative branches of the two countries. Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives who have joined the Caucus mainly come from districts with significant Swiss business investments or with communities rich in Swiss heritage. Some of them also have personal Swiss roots.
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On April 9, 2014 eight members of the Parliamentary Association Switzerland – USA, a caucus of the Swiss Federal Assembly, met with Co-Chair of the Friends of Switzerland Caucus, Senator Rob Portman. © Senator Portman's Office
National Councilor Christa Markwalder, Chair of the Parliamentary Association Switzerland – USA at a briefing for U.S. Correspondents of Swiss media at the National Press Club. © FDFA
Marcus Brauchli, Advisor to Graham Holdings Co., the former Washington Post Co., was talking about the changing U.S. media landscape. In his keynote Mr. Brauchli also referred to his Swiss roots. © FDFA
Marcus Brauchli and Ambassador Manuel Sager. © FDFA