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Switzerland: President Cassis receives Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Both presidents paid tribute to the robustness of Swiss–Kenyan bilateral relations

President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Bern on Friday, 20 May 2022. Their talks focused on enhancing bilateral relations, the upcoming elections in Kenya, and matters related to the UN Security Council. During their official meeting both presidents paid tribute to the…

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Drought in Horn of Africa: Switzerland announces new funding to help people in Somalia and Ethiopia

Three consecutive droughts have caused severe water shortages in the region

The Horn of Africa is being ravaged by one of the worst droughts in recent history. About 10 million people in Ethiopia and Somalia – including large numbers of women, children and elderly people – are facing an existential threat caused by severe food shortages. Switzerland is gravely concerned about…

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Switzerland at the World Water Forum in Dakar

Switzerland's contribution to the forum will focus on its peacebuilding experiences in the water sector

Switzerland is taking part in the World Water Forum from 21 to 26 March 2022, hosted this year in the Senegalese capital Dakar. This is the 9th edition of the forum and will be dedicated to water security for peace and sustainable development. Switzerland's contribution to the forum will focus…

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Federal Council adopts dispatch on double taxation agreement with Ethiopia

The agreement will ensure legal certainty and a contractual framework that will have a beneficial impact on developing the two countries' economic relations

During its meeting on 18 March 2022, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the approval of a double taxation agreement (DTA) with Ethiopia. With this DTA, Switzerland can extend its network of double taxation agreements to East Africa. The agreement will ensure legal certainty and a contractual framework that…

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Niger – President Cassis deepens Bilateral Relations and pays Tribute to ICRC Partnership

In addition to Switzerland's international cooperation, the UN Security Council was also discussed during the meetings

Deepening bilateral relations, international cooperation and Switzerland's partnership with the ICRC: these were the key focus areas of Ignazio Cassis's visit to Niger from 7 to 9 February. The president of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, and the president of the National Council, Irène Kälin, accompanied the Swiss president on his…

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President Ignazio Cassis, National Council President Irène Kälin and ICRC President Peter Maurer visit Niger

The focus will be on bilateral relations between Switzerland and Niger, international cooperation, regional issues, climate change and the humanitarian situation in the Sahel region

From 7 to 9 February 2022, Ignazio Cassis will travel to the West African country of Niger, which experienced the first democratic transfer of power in its history in 2021. He will be accompanied by the president of the National Council, Irène Kälin, and the Swiss delegation will be joined…

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Drought in Madagascar: Switzerland Provides Additional Contribution of CHF 900,000

This amount is intended to support the WFP's operations on the ground

Switzerland is making an additional contribution of CHF 900,000 to help deal with the serious food crisis in Madagascar. In releasing this sum, which is intended to support the activities of the World Food Programme (WFP), Switzerland is responding to a recent joint appeal by the government of Madagascar and…

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

This official visit marks the centenary of Switzerland's diplomatic presence in Morocco

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…

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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…