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Chinese President XI Jinping ends state visit to Switzerland

18.01.2017 — Media release EDA
The Chinese president, XI Jinping, ended his state visit to Switzerland on Wednesday and was seen off by Federal Councillor Alain Berset, the vice president of the Federal Council, in Geneva. Earlier Federal Councillor Berset and President XI Jinping met for informal talks with the new UN secretary general, António Guterres.

Several agreements signed during the state visit by the Chinese President

16.01.2017 — Media release EDA
The state visit to Switzerland by Chinese President XI Jinping continued on Monday, 16 January, with official talks between the two delegations. On Sunday evening, the full Federal Council, led by President Doris Leuthard, met with President XI Jinping and his wife, PENG Liyuan, for the gala dinner. At the talks on Monday, the two sides defined areas in which the close political and economic relations could be further deepened. A number of agreements were signed during the visit covering in the area of culture and customs, as well as a declaration of intent in the field of energy.

Paris Conference: Switzerland committed to renewed prospects for a political solution in the Middle East

15.01.2017 — Media release EDA
On Sunday, 15 January 2017 at the Paris Ministerial Conference for Peace in the Middle East, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter called on the Israelis and Palestinians to take steps to build confidence and advance the two-state solution. For the Israelis “this means not pursuing a policy of settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem,” while the Palestinian leaders “could re-open the prospect of peace by taking a firm stand against all incitements to violence,” said the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Paris Conference: Switzerland committed to renewed prospects for a political solution in the Middle East

13.01.2017 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will take part on Sunday in the Paris Ministerial Conference on Peace in the Middle East. Organised by France, the conference will bring together some 70 states and international organisations with the aim of relaunching the peace process and maintaining the prospect of the two-state solution.

Federal Council approves 2016 Foreign Policy Report

11.01.2017 — Media release EDA
The Federal Council approved the 2016 Foreign Policy Report at its meeting on 11 January 2017. The report gives an overview of Swiss foreign policy and provides an account of Switzerland’s most important foreign policy activities in 2016, in particular in the areas of development cooperation, humanitarian aid and good offices. This year’s report contains a chapter focusing on Switzerland’s efforts to promote peace and development in the crisis regions stretching from Syria to the Sahel.

China’s Head of State XI Jinping to make state visit next week

06.01.2017 — Media release EDA
As a sign of the ever closer political and economic ties between Switzerland and China, the Federal Council led by President Doris Leuthard will receive the Chinese President, XI Jinping, for a state visit to Switzerland next week. The programme for the visit begins on Sunday, 15 January, with the official speeches and a gala dinner, which President XI Jinping will attend with his wife PENG Liyuan. Talks between the Swiss and Chinese delegations are scheduled for Monday.

Yemen: Switzerland reaffirms its commitment and appeals to warring parties

23.12.2016 — Media release EDA
In view of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Switzerland is reaffirming its commitment to help the destitute civilian population by making an additional CHF 3 million available to the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) over the next 12 months. The money will be used to fund water, hygiene and nutrition projects.

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