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President Viola Amherd strengthens ties with Norway

President Viola Amherd met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre on Wednesday, 7 February to discuss bilateral relations, the European policy of both countries and the security situation on the continent. A further topic of the talks was trade policy within the framework of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). An exchange with King Harald V is planned for Thursday, 8 February.

2024-02-07 14:45:17
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Quelle: Swiss Federal Council

President Viola Amherd met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre to discuss bilateral relations, European policy, and the security situation in Europe. Trade policy within the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) was also a topic of discussion.

The ties between Switzerland and Norway were acknowledged, emphasizing shared values and interests. Bilateral economic relations and exchange in research and development and climate protection were also discussed.

Human rights, human security, development, and consular affairs were areas of collaboration between Switzerland and Norway. The security situation on the European continent, particularly the Russian aggression against Ukraine, was a central theme.

President Amherd expressed the need for international commitment to establish a comprehensive and lasting peace in Ukraine and mentioned Switzerland's intention to organize a summit on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's peace plan. Aid for Ukrainian civilians and reconstruction were also discussed.

European policy, the Middle East situation, and global security architecture were additional topics. President Amherd recognized the efforts of the Norwegian chair of the Arctic Council to foster cooperation despite geopolitical tensions.

Switzerland's observer status in the Arctic Council allows participation in meetings and working groups. President Amherd also met with the president of the Norwegian parliament and will have an audience with King Harald V to conclude her visit..

(Quelle:Swiss Federal Council modified with ChatGPT)

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