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Ignazio Cassis opens the 5th edition of the Switzerland-Italy Dialogue Forum

12.04.2019 — Press release EDA
Today in Genoa, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis opened the fifth edition of the Switzerland-Italy Dialogue Forum, in the presence of more than 150 Swiss and Italian personalities. On the margins of the forum, the head of the FDFA met the Italian minister for regional affairs and autonomies, Erika Stefani.


Switzerland concludes Chairmanship of OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation

11.04.2019 — Press release EDA
On 10 April 2019, Switzerland concluded its Chairmanship of the OSCE's Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC). Against the backdrop of political tensions in the OSCE region, the Chairmanship held weekly security dialogues on matters of politico-military security and stability in Europe since the beginning of the year. During its tenure, Switzerland contributed as a mediator to strengthening the multilateral dialogue on security policy and politico-military cooperation.




Switzerland to attend IMF and World Bank 2019 Spring Meetings in Washington

10.04.2019 — Press release EDA
President Ueli Maurer, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and Thomas Jordan, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank, will be in Washington from 12 to 13 April 2019. They will attend the joint Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG).



African Union and consultations: State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl in political talks in Ethiopia

09.04.2019 — Press release EDA
FDFA State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl met members of the African Union on Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at the organisation's headquarters. At the heart of discussions were peace and security policy and the issue of migration. On Tuesday she held bilateral consultations with her Ethiopian counterpart, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Tekle. Ms Baeriswyl had come from Rwanda, where she took part in the remembrance ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the genocide, with a delegation led by Marina Carobbio Guscetti, President of the National Council.


Positive review of Switzerland's international cooperation by the OECD

05.04.2019 — Press release EDA
The Development Assistance Committee presented the results of its review of Switzerland's international cooperation in Bern on 5 April 2019. Its findings are for the most part positive: Switzerland is a strong and reliable development partner. The Committee has made new recommendations to Switzerland to enable it to meet the challenges ahead. Among other measures, it calls on Switzerland to focus on its commitments and to work towards spending 0.5% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance (ODA).



Federal Council decides on next steps for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

03.04.2019 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council supports disarmament and, in particular, nuclear disarmament. It has decided to pursue, by resorting to external expertise, its analysis on whether Switzerland should join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and will review the situation before the end of 2020. It will use this reflection period to assess recent international and security developments.


Federal Council receives Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein for state visit

03.04.2019 — Press release EDA
On Wednesday, 3 April, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein was welcomed to Switzerland by the full Federal Council led by President Ueli Maurer. The Hereditary Prince, who performs the duties of head of state, is being accompanied on the visit by his spouse, Her Royal Highness Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, and a high-ranking delegation from the Principality. During official talks at the Bernerhof the delegations acknowledged the 100th anniversary of bilateral relations and discussed European affairs and cooperation between the two countries in an international context.


A Switzerland that is not content to stand by

29.03.2019 — Press release EDA
This past year has been marked by droughts and flooding. The devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai in south-east Africa points to a future where such events will no longer be an exception. In view of the urgency of this global issue, the focus of this year's Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid was 'Water in Crisis'. The conference brought together representatives of the international community, water experts and those affected to discuss the challenges ahead and new approaches and solutions.

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