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Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis Boosts African Relations

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, officially concluded his multi-day trip to East Africa today with a visit to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, following earlier stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti. Mr Cassis' talks with the presidents and foreign ministers of the three countries focused on bilateral relations, regional challenges and opportunities, and multilateralism. The trip also provided important insights for the new Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy that is currently being drawn up.

2024-03-21 15:45:23
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Quelle: Swiss Federal Council

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis concluded his trip to East Africa with a visit to Nairobi after stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti, focusing on bilateral relations and regional challenges and opportunities. The trip provided insights for the new Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy currently being developed.

Switzerland aims to increase cooperation with African partners, as indicated by the first Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy adopted in 2021. Discussions with African leaders focused on global and regional security issues, including the war in Ukraine and conflicts in Sudan.

Switzerland supports peace efforts and provides humanitarian aid in the region, emphasizing food security and protection of civilians. The modernization of Switzerland's network of representations in Africa aims to enhance cooperation with African partners, exemplified by the construction of a new embassy in Addis Ababa.

Switzerland and Kenya celebrated six decades of diplomatic relations, with a focus on economic cooperation, double taxation, and climate protection. In Djibouti, Mr.

Cassis visited a project aimed at safeguarding coral reefs of the Red Sea, highlighting the role of science diplomacy in international relations..

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