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EDA condemns recent terrorist attacks

In the recent terrorist attack in Vienna on Monday evening, a Swiss citizen was also slightly injured, but is no longer in hospital care. Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis wishes the injured Swiss woman a speedy recovery and expresses his sympathy to the families of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Vienna, France and Kabul.

Several heavily armed Austrian police officers stand in front of a police car.

The FDFA strongly condemns the latest terrorist attacks in France, Austria and Afghanistan. © Keystone

The FDFA is deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Europe. The FDFA also learned of a person of Swiss and German nationality who was slightly injured during the attacks in Vienna on the evening of 2 November while fleeing. She was subsequently given medical treatment and released into home care. For reasons of data and personality protection, no further details can be given. The Swiss Embassy in Vienna remains in contact with the Austrian authorities. "I condemn this cruel act and wish the Swiss citizen a speedy recovery," says Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis. "I express my deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of the attacks. 

Following the terrorist attacks in France and Austria, which claimed the lives of many innocent victims, Switzerland stands in solidarity with both neighbouring countries and their populations. On Tuesday, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis expressed his condolences to his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg and is in regular contact with the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. 

The FDFA was also deeply saddened by the terrorist attack on the University of Kabul on Monday. More than 20 students lost their lives in this attack. The FDFA strongly condemns all acts of terrorist violence and stresses that respect for human life must be maintained in every situation and under all circumstances. 

Switzerland also notes with concern a deterioration in the tone of communication between international actors and calls for unilateral calls for boycotts and threats to be avoided. Unalterable fundamental values such as freedom of expression, mutual respect and dialogue are of great importance to Switzerland. Together with its partners, it will always stand up for these values.