At the invitation of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will travel to Vienna for the OSCE's Ministerial Council on Thursday. This year's meeting will focus, among other things, on the ongoing 'structural dialogue' on security in Europe and various regional conflicts, including the crisis in Ukraine.
At the conference, Mr Cassis will underscore Switzerland's commitment within the OSCE as an important platform for dialogue on European security and the development of political solutions to conflicts. He will also use his visit to Vienna for bilateral meetings, including with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
Each December the Ministerial Council sets the course of the organisation's work for the coming year. Around 40 foreign ministers are expected in Vienna. On 1 January 2018, Italy will take over the chairmanship of the OSCE.
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