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Meeting between Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey and Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative

24.03.2010 — Press release EDA
On Wednesday 24 March 2010, Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey met Catherine Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the EU and First-Vice-President of the European Commission, in Brussels for talks. The meeting was their first official encounter since Baroness Ashton’s appointment as High Representative. The talks covered bilateral relations, various international issues and the conflict between Switzerland and Libya.

Swiss support for the UN World Food Programme

24.03.2010 — Press release EDA
For the years 2010 and 2011 Switzerland will provide financial support totalling CHF 42 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Today, the Federal Council has decided on this amount which will be covered by the current framework credit for the Swiss Confederation’s Humanitarian Aid.

Switzerland supports the international reconstruction effort in Haiti

24.03.2010 — Press release EDA
The Federal Council has decided to earmark the sum of CHF 36 million until the end of 2012 for the reconstruction effort in Haiti. In particular, Switzerland will be active in repairing and reconditioning basic infrastructure, in rural development and food security. These activities will be financed by framework credits already in place.

Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey meets Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU

22.03.2010 — Press release EDA
On 24 March Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey will travel to Brussels for talks with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. This will be Mrs Calmy-Rey's first official meeting with Mrs Ashton since the latter took up her post.

The Francophonie festival 2010 celebrated in Switzerland and in the world

19.03.2010 — Press release EDA
On and around 20 March, Switzerland celebrates the Francophonie festival 2010 in Switzerland and throughout the world. This year it will celebrate the work of the Vaudoise writer Alice Rivaz. The festival commemorates the adoption of the Niamey Convention in Niger in 1970 which is regarded as the founding act of Francophonie. This year’s 40th anniversary of Francophonie coincides with Switzerland hosting the XIIIth Summit of Francophonie in Montreux from 22 to 24 October. The Summit website will be launched on 20 March, the international day of Francophonie.

Holidays in Switzerland for Belarussian children: agreement between Bern and Minsk

18.03.2010 — Press release EDA
Today, Thursday 18 March 2010, Ambassador Pierre Helg, Deputy State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and Mr Andreï Evdochenko, deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus, have met in Bern to exchange notes governing stays of children from Belarus in Switzerland. This exchange will pave the way for the continued voluntary hosting by Swiss families of children coming from regions contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster.

Switzerland calls for a stop to Israeli settlements

10.03.2010 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is deeply concerned about the announcement of the Government of Israel to authorise the construction of 1,600 new dwellings in a settlement in East Jerusalem in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It asks the Israeli government not to proceed with this building project and to halt all forms of colonisation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Signature of a Readmission and a Visa Agreement with Kazakhstan

04.03.2010 — Press release EDA
Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, signed an agreement on readmissions and on visas between Switzerland and Kazakhstan on Thursday, 4 March 2010, upon the occasion of a working visit to Bern by the Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev. Furthermore, the parties reached an agreement on fiscal issues. Another meeting dedicated to multilateral issues is planned for Friday.

Official working visit to Bern of Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sujata Koirala

03.03.2010 — Press release EDA
On 3 March, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Mrs Micheline Calmy-Rey received the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Mrs Sujata Koirala for a working visit. The talks covered Switzerland's activity in Nepal as well as other bilateral and international issues. Mrs Koirala was also received by the Speaker of the National Council Mrs Pascale Bruderer Wyss.

Exceptional success of the House of Switzerland in Vancouver

02.03.2010 — Press release EDA
After the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the organisers of the two "Houses of Switzerland Canada 2010" have said that they were a great success. 60,000 guests enjoyed the Swiss atmosphere at the Vancouver and Whistler locations.

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