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Thanks to Swiss diplomacy: The «San Padre Pio» has left Nigeria after almost four years

11.12.2021 — Press release EDA
The Swiss-flagged San Padre Pio, which had been detained by Nigeria for nearly four years, left the country on 8 December 2021. The vessel is no longer in Nigeria's exclusive economic zone and is currently en route to Togo. Based on an agreement signed between Switzerland and Nigeria last May stipulating the release of the vessel, the departure of the San Padre Pio is a success story for Swiss diplomacy, which was closely involved in resolving the dispute between the two countries.

New Swiss ambassadors

10.12.2021 — Press release EDA
A number of personnel changes have been announced for several Swiss representations abroad and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council. The appointments of heads of mission abroad become effective following approval by the respective host states.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis welcomes the foreign minister of the Kingdom of Morocco to Bern

03.12.2021 — Press release EDA
On 3 December in Bern, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis welcomed Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates. This official visit marks the centenary of Switzerland's diplomatic presence in Morocco. Both sides signed a joint declaration, a memorandum of understanding on political consultations and a declaration on cooperation under the Paris Agreement.

Understanding regarding the aerosolized use of central nervous system-acting chemicals for law enforcement purposes

01.12.2021 — Press release EDA
After years of work in the area, Switzerland achieved an important success in strengthening the international norm against chemical weapons at the 26th Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). In The Hague today, the states parties voted by a large majority in favour of a decision initiated by Australia, the US and Switzerland stipulating that the aerosolised use of central nervous system-acting chemicals be forbidden in national law enforcement. This is an important step towards strengthening the ban on chemical weapons, which has come under some pressure.

New public-private partnership to promote innovative development finance

01.12.2021 — Press release EDA
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, UBS Optimus Foundation, Credit Suisse Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) launched the Sustainable Development Goals Impact Finance Initiative on 1 December. The initiative aims to mobilize up to one billion Swiss francs in private capital to advance measurable impact in developing countries. SECO supports the initiative with 19.5 million Swiss francs.

Celebration of presidential election postponed

30.11.2021 — Press release EDA
In view of the current health situation, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis has decided, in agreement with the cantonal authorities of Ticino, to postpone the celebrations for the planned election as President of the Confederation. The celebrations should have taken place in Ticino on December 16.

Switzerland and Vietnam to further deepen relations

26.11.2021 — Press release EDA
On Friday, 26 November, President Guy Parmelin and Vietnamese President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met at Lohn Manor where they commended the close ties that have developed between Switzerland and Vietnam since diplomatic relations were established 50 years ago. Both sides stressed their intention to further deepen relations in the coming years.

Ignazio Cassis visits China to pursue strategic dialogue

25.11.2021 — Press release EDA
On 27 November, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will meet with fellow foreign minister Wang Yi in Anji in the province of Zhejiang. Their discussions will focus on bilateral relations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent international developments and human rights. The head of the FDFA will also present the Federal Council's China Strategy.

FDFA welcomes nomination of Swiss diplomat Mirjana Spoljaric Egger as next ICRC president

25.11.2021 — Press release EDA
The Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appointed Mirjana Spoljaric Egger as its new president. The FDFA welcomes the nomination of the Swiss diplomat, who will succeed Peter Maurer in October 2022. Ms Spoljaric previously served as head of the FDFA's UN division and since 2018 as UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Secretary-General.

Federal Council adopts dispatch on modification of Host State Act

24.11.2021 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has adopted at its meeting of 24 November 2021 a dispatch on a modification of the Host State Act. The purpose of this bill is to take account of the ICRC's particular circumstances with respect to its occupational pension scheme. The bill is in line with the Swiss host state policy pursued by the Federal Council.

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