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Asia-Europe Meeting: Switzerland calls for joint commitment

21.11.2017 — Media release EDA
States must act jointly to find sustainable solutions to global or regional challenges. This was the message conveyed by FDFA State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl at this year's meeting of Asian and European foreign ministers (ASEM) in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw. ASEM has served since 1996 as an interregional forum for multilateral dialogue between Europe and Asia. Between them, the 53 ASEM member states account for around 60% of the planet's GDP, population and trade.


Ignazio Cassis à Rome pour sa première visite à l’étranger (fr)

21.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Le conseiller fédéral Ignazio Cassis a effectué, mardi à Rome, sa première visite à l’étranger. En choisissant l’Italie comme première destination, le chef du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères (DFAE) a tenu à souligner l’importance que la Suisse accorde à son voisin italien, avec lequel il entend renforcer des liens déjà très étroits. «Je souhaite par cette visite ouvrir un corridor de sympathie et de dialogue avec l’Italie», a déclaré le chef du Département des affaires étrangères à l’issue de sa rencontre avec son homologue Angelino Alfano. Les deux hommes ont fait le point sur les questions bilatérales avec un accent particulier sur les questions fiscales qu’il reste à régler entre les deux pays.


Tunisian delegation in Switzerland for bilateral and interdisciplinary exchange on preventing violent extremism and combating terrorism

20.11.2017 — Media release EDA
A delegation comprising eight representatives from the Tunisian national counter-terrorism commission and other ministries is currently in Switzerland for a bilateral exchange on preventing violent extremism (PVE) and combating terrorism. The visit, initiated and organised by the FDFA, is one of the concrete results to have emerged from the declaration of intent signed by the Swiss and Tunisian governments on cooperation in PVE and reflects the will of both countries to take action.


Fine della COP23: un segnale chiaro per il clima da parte della comunità internazionale

18.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Si è conclusa a Bonn il 18 novembre 2017 la 23a Conferenza delle Nazioni Unite sul clima (COP23). Nell'ambito della Conferenza presieduta dalle Isole Figi, gli Stati hanno espresso il loro impegno a favore del clima e dell'Accordo di Parigi. Inoltre hanno trovato un accordo sui documenti di base che riassumono le diverse posizioni su tutti i punti da negoziare per elaborare le regole di attuazione dell'accordo. Dette regole dovrebbero essere adottate nel 2018 nel corso della prossima Conferenza per il clima.


Ignazio Cassis in Rome on his first foreign visit

17.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will be in Rome on Tuesday for a working visit, including a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano. The goal of this first visit of the new head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will be to review bilateral matters and key issues of international policy. During this first visit, Mr Cassis is keen to underline the importance Switzerland attaches to its relationship with Italy and to become acquainted with the Italian foreign minister.


Sudan: Kidnapped Swiss national has been freed

15.11.2017 — Media release EDA
The Swiss woman who was kidnapped on 7 October 2017 in the city of El-Fasher in North Darfur, Sudan, was released on 14 November 2017. She is in good health under the circumstances.


Central Mediterranean Region: Better Protection of Refugees and Migrants and the Fight against Smugglers

13.11.2017 — Media release EDA
There is a need for stronger protection of refugees’ and migrants’ basic rights. This is a central theme of the declaration adopted in Bern on 13 November 2017 by the representatives of thirteen European and African countries situated on both sides of the Central Mediterranean Sea. The representatives met for the third meeting of the Central Mediterranean Contact Group, which was also attended by representatives of the EU, the UNHCR, the IOM and the ICRC. The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route to North Africa by strengthening the prevention of migrant smuggling, combating human trafficking and supporting the voluntary return of migrants to their countries of origin.


UN Human Rights Council reviews human rights situation in Switzerland

09.11.2017 — Media release EDA
As part of the regular Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Switzerland within the United Nations Human Rights Council, 111 member states submitted a number of recommendations on improving the human rights situation in Switzerland. The recommendations concern in particular discrimination, gender equality and migration. Switzerland now has three months to take a position.



Markus Seiler new head of the FDFA’s General Secretariat

08.11.2017 — Media release EDA
On 8 November 2017, Markus René Seiler was appointed as the next general secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) on the recommendation of the head of the department, Ignazio Cassis. Mr Seiler, who is currently the head of the Federal Intelligence Service, will take up his new position on 1 December.


Use of chemical weapons in Syria – Switzerland's position

03.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland takes note of the latest report by the Joint Investigative Mechanism of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which examines responsibility for two instances of chemical weapons use in the context of the Syria conflict. Switzerland condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons and calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to refrain from using chemical weapons and to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law.


International meeting in Bern to ensure better protection for migrants on the Central Mediterranean migration route

03.11.2017 — Media release EDA
Switzerland will host the third meeting of the Central Mediterranean Contact Group on 13 November 2017 in Bern. Set up at the initiative of Italy, the Contact Group allows European and African countries affected by migration along the Central Mediterranean migration route to exchange information and coordinate their action. Switzerland is hosting this meeting to find better ways to protect migrants. The goal is to improve migrants' living conditions and ensure better protection for them along the migration route. Many migrants fall victim to extortion, threats, ill-treatment, violence and smuggling of migrants. The meeting will take place at ministerial level and is expected to lead to the adoption of a joint declaration.

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