Switzerland seeks to enhance ties with the UAE

12 August 2022 10:04

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Bern/Brissago - The President of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, has met with the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for talks in the canton of Ticino. A visit to the Locarno site of the elevator manufacturer Schindler was also on the agenda.

Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation welcomed Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Switzerland on August 11. The UAE is Switzerland’s most important trading partner in the Middle East. As detailed in a press release issued by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland is keen to enhance its ties with UAE. Next year, the two countries will mark 50 years since diplomatic relations were first started.

Subjects such as the economy and finance, education, research, innovation and sustainable development were the focus of the working lunch held on the Brissago Islands in Lake Maggiore in the canton of Ticino. The two politicians also exchanged view on the impact of the war in Ukraine on the MENA (Middle East, North Africa) region and regional stability in general. With regard to the ceasefire in Yemen, which Switzerland has welcomed, Cassis emphasized the need for the Gulf States to provide further financial support for the UN’s humanitarian efforts.

The press release explains further that Switzerland is keen to further strengthen ties with the UAE. Moreover, Switzerland has signaled its intention to collaborate with the UAE in 2023 while the two countries’ terms as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council coincide. The aim here will be to promote the Climate Change and Women, Peace and Security agendas. In connection with this, attention is now also turning towards the 28th UN Climate Change Conference, which the UAE will host in Dubai in November 2023.

After the talks, Ignazio Cassis accompanied Al Nahyan during a visit to the elevator manufacturer Schindler at the company’s site in Locarno in the canton of Ticino. Here, the UAE Foreign Minister found out about the dual vocational education system in Switzerland, while Cassis thanked the employees present for their resolute commitment to the company with international reach.

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