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Ignazio Cassis visits Swiss projects in cyclone-stricken Mozambique

Switzerland was among the first to provide assistance after Cyclone Idai in central Mozambique in March and Cyclone Kenneth in the north of the country in April

On the second day of his trip to Mozambique, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visited Swiss humanitarian aid projects in the country. In Beira in central Mozambique he saw first-hand the scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in March 2019 and the measures taken in its wake. Switzerland was…

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Ignazio Cassis attends the ceremony marking the signing of Swiss-brokered peace treaty in Mozambique

This peace accord was in large measure concluded thanks to Swiss support

Together with other high-ranking members of the international community, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, took part earlier today in a ceremony marking the signing of the peace accord between RENAMO and FRELIMO, the opposing sides in Mozambique's civil war. This peace accord was…

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Ambassador Mirko Manzoni is appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Mozambique

Switzerland has played a key role in Mozambique for many years

On 8 July 2019, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Mirko Manzoni, the Swiss ambassador in Maputo, as his Personal Envoy for Mozambique. The FDFA welcomes this decision which recognises Switzerland’s longstanding commitment to the UN and underlines its active role in the ongoing peace process in Mozambique. Ambassador Manzoni…

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Swiss facilitation process in Cameroon

Switzerland is acting as a facilitator in the crisis in north-western and south-western Cameroon

At the request of the parties, Switzerland is acting as a facilitator in the crisis in north-western and south-western Cameroon. To this end, a second preparatory meeting with various Cameroonian opposition groups took place in Switzerland between 25 and 27 June 2019. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), working…

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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…