The Middle East and North Africa Division (MENAD) is responsible for Switzerland's bilateral relations with the countries of that region. Its main task is the safeguarding of Swiss national interests in the region. To this end, it coordinates the foreign policy activities of the various federal agencies.
The division is in constant contact with the embassies, consulates general, consulates, consular agencies as well as Swiss liaison and programme offices in the areas under its remit. It is actively involved in shaping and implementing Swiss foreign policy. It also closely monitors and analyses day-to-day events and political, economic and humanitarian developments in North Africa and the Middle East.
The main activities of the division in relation to the countries of its geographic area of responsibility are:
- Development of policy positions and implementation of Swiss foreign policy at bilateral level
- Coordination of the international activities of the different departments of the Federal Administration
- Maintaining a regular dialogue with the representations of foreign states in Switzerland and drafting directives for the Swiss representations abroad
- Preparation of trips abroad by the head of the FDFA and the State Secretary of the FDFA as well as by the President of the Swiss Confederation
- Preparation of visits by foreign delegations to the head of the FDFA and the State Secretary of the FDFA as well as to the President of the Swiss Confederation
- Prepare, coordinate and lead political consultations with the countries of the region when they are held at head-of-division level,
- Follow up implementation of decisions taken during such visits, discussions and political consultations.