Press releases, 25.09.2020

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, met on 25 September 2020 with Liechtenstein's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture Katrin Eggenberger during an official visit to the Principality of Liechtenstein. The two foreign ministers discussed cross-border and bilateral relations as well as European and international issues. That evening, Mr Ignazio Cassis will give a speech on Swiss foreign policy to a group of business leaders. Mr Ignazio Cassis also met with H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.

During his meeting with Ms Eggenberger, Mr Cassis paid tribute to the close and friendly relations between their two countries. "The COVID pandemic has amply demonstrated the importance of close cooperation with neighbouring countries. Cultivating and strengthening such relations is a central pillar of Switzerland's foreign policy strategy," noted Cassis. The two foreign ministers expressed their intention to step up cross-border and bilateral cooperation.

Their talks also focused on Switzerland's and Liechtenstein's European policies. The Principality of Liechtenstein forms part of the Swiss economic and monetary area and has been a member of the European Economic Area for 25 years. Mr Cassis and Ms Eggenberger also discussed Switzerland's and Liechtenstein's future relations with the United Kingdom after Brexit.

Speech on Swiss foreign policy

Following the official talks, Mr Cassis gave a speech to business leaders and local dignitaries on Switzerland's foreign policy strategy and vision at an event marking the 30th anniversary of Liechtenstein's membership of the UN.

In addition to his working meeting with Foreign Minister Katrin Eggenberger, Mr Ignazio Cassis also paid a courtesy visit to H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.

Further information:

Interview Ignazio Cassis - Liechtensteiner Volksblatt
Bilateral relations Switzerland - Liechtenstein

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