Parliamentary delegation heads to Ukraine

26 April 2022 14:09

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Bern - A four-member parliamentary delegation led by the President of the National Council, Irène Kälin, is to pay an official visit to Ukraine. This is intended to express Switzerland’s solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Irène Kälin, President of the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss parliament, is travelling to Ukraine for an official visit as part of a delegation that also includes National Council members Roger Nordmann (SP/VD), Nik Gugger (EVP/ZH) and Yves Nidegger (SVP/GE), as well as the Swiss ambassador to Ukraine, Claude Wild, according to a press release issued by the parliamentary services. The visit is to be seen as an expression of “Switzerland’s solidarity with the people of Ukraine and its support for the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and all of their Ukrainian parliamentary colleagues”. In addition to a summit at the Ukrainian parliament, the agenda also includes visits to the cities of Bucha and Irpin.

The delegation is set to meet with “Chairman Ruslan Stefanchuk and members of parliament to learn more about the situation in Ukraine”, the press release explains. Moreover, plans have been drawn up for Irène Kälin to address the members of the Ukrainian parliament.

Since Ukraine became an independent country in December 1991, the two countries have maintained diplomatic relations. “Switzerland supports the reform process in Ukraine and the search for a peaceful solution to the war with Russia”, the parliamentary services write in the press release. In September of last year, former National Council president Andreas Aebi (SVP/BE) represented the Swiss government at the summit of the Crimea Platform in Kyiv.

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