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Switzerland and The Gambia sign cooperation agreements on migration and civil aviation

The agreement covers issues relating to the practical organisation of returnees, such as identification and the issuing of replacement documents

On 12 January Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, as vice president of the Federal Council, and Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter signed two cooperation agreements – on civil aviation and on migration – during the official visit to Bern by a delegation from the Republic of The Gambia, headed by Vice President…

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Ignazio Cassis holds political talks in Egypt on bilateral cooperation, regional issues and migration

Bilateral trade in 2017 was worth around CHF 1.2 billion

On a working visit to Cairo, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry. The talks focused on Switzerland's relations with Egypt, an important partner country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Mr Cassis, head of the…

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Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis travels to Egypt for working visit

In the next few years, Switzerland will place an even greater focus on cooperation activities in the Middle East and North Africa

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will make a working visit to Cairo on 24 and 25 March 2019 to meet with several representatives of the Egyptian Government. Mr Cassis will also take the opportunity to gain insights into Switzerland's cooperation programme in Egypt…

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Inauguration of the Week of the French language and La Francophonie

It will run in Switzerland until 26 March and feature numerous events on the theme of La Francophonie in Africa, combining culture, celebration and conviviality

The next ‘Week of the French Language and La Francophonie’ kicks off in Bern on 14 March. Celebrated all over the world to reflect and showcase the diversity of la Francophonie, it will run in Switzerland until 26 March and feature numerous events on the theme of La Francophonie in…

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The Federal Council extends the freezing of assets of several individuals from Tunisia, Egypt and Ukraine

In the case of Tunisia, assets amounting to approximately CHF 60 million have been frozen. In the case of Egypt, assets amounting to some CHF 570 million are involved

At its session on 9 December 2016 the Federal Council decided to extend by one year the freezing of all the assets in Switzerland of ousted presidents Ben Ali (Tunisia), Mubarak (Egypt) and Yanukovych (Ukraine) as well as of politically exposed members of their entourages and other persons closely associated…

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International Conference for Tunisia – Switzerland represented by Samuel Schmid

On 29 and 30 November, Tunisia will organise an international conference in Tunis on economic support and investment promotion in Tunisia (TUNISIA 2020)

Switzerland is to take part in the international conference on economic support and investment promotion in Tunisia on 29 and 30 November 2016. It will be represented by former Federal Councillor Samuel Schmid. On 29 and 30 November, Tunisia will organise an international conference in Tunis on economic support and…

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Switzerland and South Africa sign joint declaration on introduction of AEOI

South Africa meets in particular the high demands in terms of adherence to the principle of speciality and the safeguarding of confidentiality for the data delivered, which are prerequisites for the introduction of the AEOI

On 24 November 2016, Switzerland and South Africa signed a joint declaration on the introduction of the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) in tax matters on a reciprocal basis. Both countries intend to start collecting data in accordance with the global AEOI standard in 2018 and to exchange it from…

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Switzerland Responds to New Humanitarian Needs in South Sudan

Switzerland has decided to provide an additional CHF 2 million to alleviate the suffering of the local population

In South Sudan thousands of people have fled the recent hostilities between rival political factions. These new outbreaks of violence have compounded the already considerable humanitarian needs in the country. Switzerland has decided to provide an additional CHF 2 million to alleviate the suffering of the local population. Switzerland is…