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Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis Strengthens Swiss-Canada Relations

On 18 September 2023, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will meet the Canadian foreign minister Mélanie Joly in Ottawa for bilateral talks. The intensification of bilateral relations in business, research, the environment and human rights will be at the heart of this exchange. Switzerland and Canada share common values and close economic and cultural ties.

2023-09-16 10:45:24
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Quelle: Swiss Federal Council

Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will meet Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly in Ottawa on September 18, 2023, for bilateral talks focused on strengthening relations in various fields. The meeting will address business, research, the environment, and human rights.

The discussion will also include the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, highlighting the shared values of democracy and the rule of law between Switzerland and Canada. The Canadian initiative on arbitrary detention, which uses detainment as a means of pressuring states, will be a topic of importance in the meeting.

Additionally, the economic ties between both countries are strong, with Switzerland being Canada's second biggest economic partner in the Americas. Switzerland imports goods worth CHF 7.4 billion from Canada, while its exports to Canada total around CHF 4.1 billion.

The cultural exchanges between French-speaking Swiss and Canadian communities are encouraged by the multilingual nature of both countries. Furthermore, Switzerland aims to expand cooperation with Canada in consular matters, multilingualism, and minority affairs, given the significant Swiss international community in Canada..

(Quelle:Swiss Federal Council modified with ChatGPT)

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Bilateral talks between Swiss Canadian officials strengthen relations, address key global issues