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High-level contact between Switzerland and Sri Lanka: Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis calls Sri Lankan foreign minister and sends diplomats to maintain dialogue

19.12.2019 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is continuing high-level talks with Sri Lanka to resolve the current crisis. Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis phoned his Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, on 18 December 2019 to inform him that Switzerland was sending former ambassador Jörg Frieden to Sri Lanka. Under the lead of this experienced diplomat, possibilities for clarifying the security incident at the Swiss embassy in Colombo are to be explored. Mr Cassis also emphasised that the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) considers the health and safety of its staff to be paramount, and that it is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that these are protected in the further proceedings.

FDFA criticises lack of due process in the case against a local employee of the Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka

16.12.2019 — Press release EDA
An employee of the Swiss Embassy in Colombo has today been detained on the grounds that she allegedly made false statements. The FDFA is concerned about this development and calls on the Sri Lankan judicial authorities to ensure better protection of its employee's personal rights in any further proceedings and compliance with national law and international standards. The FDFA and the Swiss Embassy in Colombo will continue to meet their responsibilities as an employer and do everything in their power to assist the member of staff concerned.

Invitation to tender

11.11.2019 — Local news Sri Lanka
Implementation of a Safe Labour Migration Project in the districts of Anuradhapura, Kandy, Puttalam and Vavuniya.

Joint statement

21.08.2019 — Position Sri Lanka
Joint statement by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) with the Embassies of Germany, Italy, Netherlands, the UK High Commission, the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland. 

Joint Statement

08.04.2019 — Position Sri Lanka
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issues the following statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland, as well as the High Commissions of Canada and Australia.

Swiss movie -Sister

26.02.2019 — Local news Sri Lanka
Don't forget to watch the Swiss movie screened on the 2 March 2019, Saturday 6:15pm at the National Film Corporation Cinema.

National media campaign for safe labour migration

31.01.2019 — Press release Sri Lanka
The Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka initiated a program in Colombo on 28th January 2019 to support Sri Lankan migrant workers and those who are aspiring to take up foreign employments.

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