Discussion with Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès

Press releases, 09.11.2021

The head of the FDFA, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, met his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmès for a virtual exchange on 9 November 2021. In addition to the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, the exchange focused on Switzerland's relationship with the EU.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès discussed bilateral relations, focusing on research, development and innovation, and Switzerland's European policy. In discussing Switzerland's EU policy Mr Cassis underscored Switzerland's commitment to remaining a reliable partner and maintaining good and stable relations with the EU based on the bilateral approach. He also stressed that it is in the shared interests of Switzerland and the EU to safeguard their well-established approach to cooperation and to systematically retain the agreements already in force. The Federal Council therefore wishes to launch a political dialogue with the EU on continued cooperation.

During the virtual exchange, the head of the FDFA also highlighted the importance of cooperation and the work of international organisations in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Bilateral relations Switzerland–Belgium

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