The war in Ukraine will have long-term consequences for security in Europe and beyond. The Federal Council is therefore seeking to increase international cooperation in Swiss security and defence policy more systematically, while maintaining the principle of neutrality. This has been set down in the supplementary report to the 2021 report on security policy, which the Federal Council approved in 2022.
The meeting between Federal Councillor Viola Amherd and Secretary of State Ben Wallace will focus on the security situation in Europe, the consequences of the war and the strengthening of collaboration between Switzerland and the UK. They will also discuss military peacebuilding and the UN Security Council. In May of this year, Switzerland will hold the presidency of the Security Council for the first time.
Strengthening security policy cooperation
Ms Amherd and Mr Wallace will sign a declaration of intent to strengthen cooperation between Switzerland and the United Kingdom in areas such as military training and the technology sector. The declaration of intent is a non-binding instrument intended to provide an institutional framework for the partnership and to formalise dialogue between Switzerland and the UK on new trends, threats and solutions.
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