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Switzerland and Argentina reaffirm commitment to mutual cooperation and launch bilateral dialogue on corruption

23.01.2017 — Press release EDA
Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs Susana Malcorra was received this Monday, 23 January, in Bern by the head of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter. Following up on the numerous bilateral contacts between Switzerland and Argentina that marked the year 2016, the present visit serves to officialise the commitment of the two countries to further intensify their mutual exchanges in a number of areas, including development cooperation, research, trade and human rights. The two ministers decided to set up a bilateral dialogue on fighting corruption. Argentina, which will chair the G20 in 2018, is particularly engaged in this field.


Human rights, research, G20: Federal Councillor Burkhalter and Argentinian government representatives explore new areas for bilateral cooperation

27.05.2016 — Press release EDA
At a working meeting with Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra in Buenos Aires on 26 May 2016, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, signed a declaration on strengthening cooperation between Switzerland and Argentina, marking a new chapter in bilateral relations. One of the matters they discussed was cooperation in view of the possibility that Argentina will chair the G20 in 2018. Mr Burkhalter also discussed this topic with Vice President Gabriela Michetti. The establishment of strategic partnerships with selected states is one of the priorities of the Foreign Policy Strategy 2016-19. On 27 May, Mr Burkhalter will hold political talks in Uruguay and will also meet with descendants of Swiss immigrants in the country.


Implementation of foreign policy strategy: Federal Councillor Burkhalter travels to Turkey, Lebanon and South America

19.05.2016 — Press release EDA
On 23 and 24 May 2016, the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, will attend the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and travel on to Lebanon to visit projects supported by Switzerland to provide Syrian refugees with concrete help. On 26 and 27 May, Mr Burkhalter will travel to Argentina and Uruguay for bilateral talks and will meet the descendants of Swiss emigrants in Nueva Helvecia in Uruguay.


FDFA proposes closing the Swiss representation in Paraguay

05.06.2015 — Press release EDA
As part of the cost-cutting measures decided by the Federal Council on 11 February 2015 and on the basis of a review of the network of representations abroad, the FDFA has proposed closing the Swiss embassy in Asunción. The closing of the embassy would be followed by the opening of an honorary representation in order to maintain contact and to support the Swiss community in the country (as at 2014: 1,385 Swiss citizens, of which 1,000 have dual nationality) and to ensure that political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries continue.


1st August 2014: Swiss military music in South America

21.07.2014 — Press release EDA
Switzerland will celebrate Swiss National Day 2014 with Swiss nationals living in South America. On the initiative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the 15-piece Swiss Military Small Band will give six concerts in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil.


Swiss government names new Ambassadors

13.11.2013 — Press release EDA
The Swiss government (Federal Council) has approved the list of diplomatic staff transfers scheduled for 2014 submitted by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The changes will be made in accordance with the normal rate of transfers, to be communicated at the time of the decision by the Federal Council. The appointments of Heads of Mission take effect as soon as the authorities in the host country communicate their approval. The Federal Council takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to the Ambassadors due to retire for the services rendered.

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