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Framework agreement and tour of three Middle Eastern countries

In an interview with Sonntagsblick, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis discusses the European dossier and his tour of Iraq, Oman and Lebanon.

12.04.2021
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In an interview with the Sonntagsblick, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis talks about relations with the European Union and his tour of the Middle East. © FDFA

From 3 to 8 April 2021, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visited Iraq, Oman and Lebanon. Switzerland's strategy for the Middle East and North Africa aims to strengthen bilateral relations in the region and thus promote peace, security and prosperity. The Head of the FDFA looks back on the trip and the highlights.

On the European dossier, Ignazio Cassis speaks about the ongoing negotiations and insists on the importance of finding the right political path. "If you negotiate hard, you have to expect failure," he says.

Read the full interview here.

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