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Ambassador Markus Leitner

Ambassador Markus Leitner © FDFA

On behalf of my entire team, I welcome you to the website of the Swiss Embassy in Cairo.

Switzerland and Egypt enjoy long-standing, dense and multifaceted bilateral relations. This website will give you an insight into all the activities that the Swiss Embassy in Cairo is undertaking to strengthen this partnership.

The website is designed to help you find quick and informative answers to all your questions about Switzerland or this diplomatic mission. We endeavor to give you advice about traveling to Switzerland, working or living there, or to provide you with useful and interesting insights into Switzerland. Thus, I encourage you to explore the website and all the links provided.

An important part of the website is dedicated to inform and to link up with the Swiss citizens living in Egypt and to advice and to support Swiss visitors to this country. I trust that the website will offer an efficient instrument to foster the interaction between the Embassy and all Swiss citizens interested in Egypt.

Apart from being an information platform, the website provides efficient tools to access Embassy services such as documents and forms downloadable in order to facilitate administrative proceedings.

The Embassy is a service centre for a wide range of Swiss related issues and queries. Please do not hesitate to contact the Embassy and to send us your questions, comments or suggestions.

Thank you for your interest and for visiting our website.

Markus Leitner

Ambassador of Switzerland to Egypt

Curriculum Vitae

Markus Leitner is the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Arab Republic of Egypt since June 2013. He joined the diplomatic service in 1996 after completing his studies in economics in Zurich and Fribourg (Switzerland) and working in the Swiss banking sector. He started his diplomatic career as an attaché at the Swiss Embassy in Madrid. Back in Berne, he covered foreign-policy related economic and financial affairs issues (incl. fight against conflict diamonds, questions related to politically exposed persons etc). From 2002 to 2006, he was posted at the Swiss Embassy in Pretoria where he was in charge of Swiss-South African economic and science relations. In 2006, he was transferred to the Swiss Embassy in Santiago de Chile where, as deputy head of mission, he covered the whole range of Swiss-Chilean bilateral issues. In January 2009, he was appointed head of Peace Policy section at the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in charge of running peace promotion programmes in priority regions and overseeing four thematic areas (mediation, dealing with the past, religion/politics/conflict and election/conflict). In January 2011, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Human Security Division.

He is married and has two children.