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Ignazio Cassis holds political talks in Egypt on bilateral cooperation, regional issues and migration

25.03.2019 — Press release EDA
On a working visit to Cairo, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry. The talks focused on Switzerland's relations with Egypt, an important partner country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Mr Cassis, head of the FDFA, had started his working visit on Sunday with an event marking 110 years of bilateral trade relations, where he met with Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and toured a Swiss-supported project in migration.


Switzerland's engagement in the Human Rights Council

22.03.2019 — Press release EDA
The UN Human Rights Council concluded its 40th session in Geneva today. During the four-week session, Switzerland took a firm stand to ensure that hu-man rights are respected, promoted and implemented.


Safeguarding relations between Switzerland and the UK in the field of migration post Brexit

22.03.2019 — Press release EDA
At its meeting on 22 March the Federal Council took three decisions to safeguard good relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) in the field of migration in the event of the UK’s disorderly withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Firstly the Federal Council opened consultation proceedings on the agreement on acquired rights, which has already been signed. It also adopted a revision of the Ordinance on Admission, Period of Stay and Employment (ASEO) with a separate quota for UK nationals. Lastly the Federal Council decided that UK nationals would be exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa to enter Switzerland after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis travels to Egypt for working visit

22.03.2019 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will make a working visit to Cairo on 24 and 25 March 2019 to meet with several representatives of the Egyptian Government. Mr Cassis will also take the opportunity to gain insights into Switzerland's cooperation programme in Egypt and deliver a speech at an event marking 110 years of Swiss-Egyptian trade relations.



The FDFA supports dialogue between science and diplomacy

19.03.2019 — Press release EDA
The coral reefs of the Gulf of Aqaba were the focus of an international conference held on Tuesday in Bern on the theme of dialogue between science and diplomacy. The head of the FDFA, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, announced Switzerland's support for an EPFL project to establish a transnational Red Sea research centre.



Switzerland regrets measures against the independent International Criminal Court

15.03.2019 — Press release EDA
Switzerland regrets that the United States has adopted measures against officials of the International Criminal Court and threatened to impose further sanctions. It reiterates its support to the Court as an independent institution that prosecutes the most serious crimes and contributes to sustainable peace.



Syria: Switzerland reaffirms engagement in favour of the Syrian population and a political solution to the conflict

14.03.2019 — Press release EDA
On the occasion of the third Syria conference, held by the EU and UN in Brussels on 14 March 2019, Switzerland is increasing its commitment in response to the Syrian conflict. In 2019 it will allocate CHF 61 million to support the population in need in Syria and neighbouring countries and a further CHF 7 million to promote peace in the region. Switzerland was represented at the conference by the State Secretary of the FDFA Pascale Baeriswyl. In addition to humanitarian engagement, the conference will seek support for a political solution through the UN-led Geneva peace process. Syrian civil society must be involved if there is to be lasting peace, along with efforts to address the massive violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in Syria. Switzerland is pursuing both of these objectives with specific projects.


Inauguration of the Week of the French language and La Francophonie

14.03.2019 — Press release EDA
The next ‘Week of the French Language and La Francophonie’ kicks off in Bern on 14 March. Celebrated all over the world to reflect and showcase the diversity of la Francophonie, it will run in Switzerland until 26 March and feature numerous events on the theme of La Francophonie in Africa, combining culture, celebration and conviviality. Events will be held in more than fifteen towns and cities around the country, and in German-speaking Switzerland will focus on bringing together native French speakers and learners of the language.


UN Commission on the Status of Women: Switzerland's commitment to gender equality

07.03.2019 — Press release EDA
The 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) opens in New York on Monday 11 March 2019. This year's session focuses on social protection systems for women and girls and their access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. The Swiss delegation is led by Federal Councillor Alain Berset.

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