Inauguration of the Swiss embassy in Oman in the presence of FDFA State Secretary Yves Rossier

Bern, Press releases, 12.11.2014

On Wednesday 12 November 2014, the state secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, officially opened the Swiss embassy in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, within the framework of an official two-day visit that included the political dialogue that the two countries conduct on a regular basis. The new embassy is housed in the same building as the embassy of the Netherlands.

Relations between Switzerland and the Sultanate of Oman are excellent, declared Mr Rossier at the inauguration ceremony which was attended by some 40 people including several official representatives of the sultanate.

The inauguration follows the decision taken by the Federal Council in October 2013 to open an embassy in Muscat. This decision, which is in line with the Foreign Policy Strategy 2012-2015, specifically requires that relations with the Gulf states be deepened.

The decision to open an embassy in Muscat also takes into account the growing political, strategic and economic importance of the Sultanate of Oman, and the fact that the two countries have a broadly shared vision of the promotion and strengthening of peace, stability, neutrality, mediation, facilitation, and the socio-economic development and well-being of their peoples. Switzerland hopes that the new embassy will give additional impetus to its partnership with the sultanate.

The new embassy is housed in the same building as the Dutch embassy. This is the first inauguration of a Swiss embassy that "shares" the same premises as the embassy of another country. In August 2013, the then foreign minister of the Netherlands, Frans Timmermans, and the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, signed a declaration of intent regarding this joint-lease arrangement, which is in the interests of both countries.

Only the offices are shared. Switzerland will continue to safeguard its diplomatic and economic interests in complete autonomy and independence. In a similar way to Muscat, it is planned that the Swiss embassy in Luanda will move to the premises of the Dutch representation in Angola in 2015. Such joint leases offer an effective practical solution to difficult real estate situations. They also leave open the possibility of seizing specific opportunities to extend the network abroad to ensure its universal character.

On 10 November 2014, Mr Rossier embarked on a four-day visit to the Gulf region. Prior to his arrival in the Sultanate of Oman, he visited Bahrain where he also had a number of official talks.

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Pierre-Alain Eltschinger

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Bilateral Relations Switzerland - Oman

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