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Switzerland strengthens ties with Iran

Didier Burkhalter received a courtesy visit from the head of the Iranian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi.

16.06.2016 — Media release EDA
A high-level delegation of representatives from Iran's ministries of justice and foreign affairs is in Switzerland today and tomorrow. The focus of the visit is on the implementation of the road map to strengthen ties between the two countries which was signed on 27 February 2016 by President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, and President Hassan Rouhani. Political issues, human rights, regional security and the judiciary were discussed in four negotiating formats, some of which were held in parallel. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter received a courtesy visit from the head of the Iranian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi.

Switzerland welcomes nuclear deal between Iran and E3/EU+3

14.07.2015 — Media release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between the E3/EU+3 and Iran concerning the Iranian nuclear programme and the gradual lifting of sanctions. This sends out an important signal that major international political disputes can be resolved peacefully and diplomatically.

UN Human Rights Council adopts Swiss resolution on peaceful protests

28.03.2014 — Media release EDA
The 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which was opened on 3 March 2014 by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, has ended today. The council adopted a resolution put forward by Switzerland regarding the protection of human rights during peaceful protest. It also discussed the human rights situation in Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, the Central African Republic, Sri Lanka, Iran, Mali and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

Iran nuclear talks: Switzerland hails win for diplomacy and security (last modification, the 24.11.2013)

24.11.2013 — Media release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the announcement by the E3/EU+3 and Iran of a joint action plan following talks in Geneva between 20 and 24 November 2013. This agreement is a victory for diplomacy, proving that the pursuit of a diplomatic path can contribute to improving security across the world, particularly in the Middle East. As a longstanding advocate of diplomatic channels, Switzerland has declared its readiness to again provide its good offices for all subsequent meetings.

Switzerland condemns attack in Lebanon

20.11.2013 — Media release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) condemns in the strongest terms the double attack carried out on Tuesday 19 November 2013 in front of the Iranian embassy in Lebanon. No act of terrorism can be justified. The FDFA expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Swiss government names new Ambassadors

13.11.2013 — Media 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.

Official working visit by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Ali Asghar Khaji, to the State Secretary, Yves Rossier

07.03.2013 — Media release EDA
As part of the regular political consultations between Switzerland and Iran, Mr Yves Rossier, State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), yesterday welcomed the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and America, Ali Asghar Khaji, to Bern for official talks. Mr Khaji ended his working visit today after a courtesy visit to the Director of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Ms Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, and a meeting with members of the Federal Parliament.

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