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The Swiss Foreign Minister's busy schedule during his trip to 4 Asian countries



The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on February 1 that the country's Foreign Minister, Mr. Ignazio Cassis, will make a trip to India, China, South Korea and the Philippines.

The Swiss Foreign Minister's busy schedule during his trip to 4 Asian countries
Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis plans to meet his counterparts in four Asian countries to discuss bilateral cooperation and respond to global challenges. (Source: Madote)

The announcement said that during his trip to Asia from February 5-8, Foreign Minister Cassis will meet with his counterparts in the above countries, focusing on discussing Switzerland's relations with countries in the European region. Asia-Pacific.

It is expected that Secretary of State Cassis will begin his trip with a trip to India. Here, he will have a meeting with Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, discussing progress in bilateral economic cooperation, cooperation in the fields of education, research, innovation and conflict resolution measures in Ukraine. .

After that, the Swiss Foreign Minister will go to Korea and have his first talks with his counterpart from the host country Cho Tae-yul.

South Korea will be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from the beginning of 2024 along with Switzerland. Therefore, the meeting between the two Foreign Ministers will focus on current global security issues.

Next, Mr. Cassis will go to China, expected to hold talks with his counterpart Wang Yi. This will be the second high-level contact between these two officials this year, following the recent visit to Bern by Chinese Premier Li Qiang. The talks aim to resume the strategic dialogue mechanism between the two countries' Foreign Ministers, which has been stalled since 2 due to the Covid-2019 pandemic.

Finally, Secretary of State Cassis will travel to the Philippines on February 8 and meet his counterpart Enrique Manalo. This is the first visit of a Swiss Federal Councilor to Manila since 2. The agenda will include economic relations, Bern's contribution to building the Philippines and the geopolitical situation Asia Pacific.





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