Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter to travel to Berlin

Bern, Press release, 05.03.2012

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter will travel to Berlin for a working visit on Wednesday 7 March 2012 where he will meet the German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle. It will be Mr Burkhalter’s first trip to Germany as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The talks will focus on Switzerland’s relations with the European Union, the Swiss chairmanship-in-office of the OSCE in 2014, as well as a number of Swiss-German bilateral issues.

Switzerland’s relations with Germany are more intensive than with any other country in the world. This situation has created a broad and solid basis on which to develop bilateral cooperation. The two countries have concluded more than 200 agreements which are complemented by the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU, including those on the free movement of persons and association with the Schengen Area. 

The visit also corresponds with the Foreign Policy Strategy recently presented by the Head of the FDFA which places particular importance on Switzerland’s relations with its neighbouring countries. The meeting with Mr Westerwelle follows those that Mr Burkhalter has already conducted since taking up office with the Foreign Ministers of Austria, Italy and France. 

For further information:
Jean-Marc Crevoisier
Head of FDFA Information
+41(79) 763 84 10


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