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Rockets fired on Tripoli: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) calls for end to fighting in Libya and for universal support for the political process

Switzerland calls on all parties to the conflict to put an end to military operations and guarantee a truce to allow humanitarian operations to proceed

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is gravely concerned about the military escalation following the attack launched by the Libyan National Army on 4 April and the subsequent fighting around Tripoli. More than 100 people have lost their lives and thousands more have been forced to flee. The centre…

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Switzerland extends aid to disaster areas in south-east Africa

In addition, Switzerland is making two to four Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) members available to UN agencies responding on the ground to the flood disaster

Swiss Humanitarian Aid is dispatching further experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to the areas of Mozambique affected by Cyclone Idai. Their main focus will be on restoring the drinking water supply. Swiss Humanitarian Aid, part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), will dispatch another…

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Official visit to Bern by Tunisian foreign minister Khemaies Jhinaoui

The two chief diplomats discussed international development cooperation and economic relations between Switzerland and Tunisia

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis met Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui during an official working visit to Bern. The two chief diplomats discussed international development cooperation and economic relations between Switzerland and Tunisia. The issue of migration was also addressed. Mr Cassis received his guest at Von Wattenwyl House.…

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Switzerland working to prevent violence in Nigeria's upcoming presidential elections

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has contributed technical expertise and financial support to efforts to prevent election-related violence

 By signing the Abuja Peace Agreement, the main candidates have today renewed their commitment to conducting peaceful presidential elections and promoting post-election peace. Switzerland commends all the signatories and calls on them to abide by the agreement. At the request of Nigerian stakeholders, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)…

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Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis to visit three southern African countries in first visit to the continent

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will visit Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa next week during his first trip to Africa

The main goals of the trip are to strengthen economic and political relations with these three southern African countries, including by signing an agreement on air transport with Zambia, and to visit projects supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention…

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Switzerland raises concerns ahead of Burundi’s constitutional referendum on 17 May 2018

Switzerland condemns the massacre of 26 people in Ruhagarika on Friday 11 May and extends its sympathies to the families of the victims

Switzerland expresses its concerns ahead of the constitutional referendum in Burundi scheduled for 17 May and calls on all parties to resume dialogue in the spirit of the Arusha Accords. The constitutional referendum, which is scheduled to take place on 17 May 2018, is being carried out in a climate…

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Federal Council adopts dispatches on double taxation agreements with Ecuador and Zambia

The new DTA with Zambia takes into account the developments from the OECD's base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project

During its meeting on 18 April 2018, the Federal Council adopted dispatches concerning a protocol of amendment to the double taxation agreement (DTA) with Ecuador and a new DTA with Zambia. Both dispatches were submitted to Parliament. On 26 July 2017 in Quito, Switzerland and Ecuador signed a protocol of…

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Humanitarian crisis in DRC: Switzerland commits CHF 12.5 million to assist the population

Currently 13 million people are in need of assistance – double the number of last year

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is gripped by one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The country now also faces a cholera epidemic, while millions of its people are dependent on humanitarian assistance. Representatives of several states and humanitarian organisations met today in Geneva to support the international…

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Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann to travel to Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire

The aim of the visit is to support and promote the Swiss private sector in the Nigerian and Ivorian markets, deepen bilateral economic relations with the two countries and to assess the business climate

On 21 March, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann will set off on a visit to Nigeria (21-23 March) and Côte d’Ivoire (23-25 March) accompanied by an economic delegation. He will be joined by a scientific delegation on the Côte d’Ivoire leg of his visit. The aim of the visit is…

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Federal Council extends the freeze on Tunisian and Ukrainian assets and abrogates the freeze on Egyptian assets

The purpose of this decision is to support the judicial cooperation between Switzerland and these two states

At its meeting on 20 December 2017, the Federal Council decided to extend for one year the freeze on the assets of ousted presidents Ben Ali (Tunisia) and Yanukovych (Ukraine) and their entourages. The purpose of this decision is to support the judicial cooperation between Switzerland and these two states.…