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Payment mechanism for humanitarian supplies to Iran to take effect

Bern, 30.01.2020 – The Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), a payment mechanism to enable humanitarian goods to be delivered to Iran, is about to be implemented. On 27 January, an initial payment for the shipment of medicines to Iran was approved in the form of a trial run.

For the English press release:

Webpage of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

For the Farsi press release:

Press Release (Farsi) (PDF, 1.4 MB, multilingual: English, Farsy)

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Switzerland and Iran discuss ways of developing relations

03.07.2018 — Press release EDA
On Tuesday, 3 July, during the official visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Bern, Switzerland and Iran reaffirmed their support for the Road Map agreed in 2016; the two countries expressed their wish to deepen relations in spite of the current circumstances and push ahead with implementing the Road Map. The talks between President Rouhani and a Federal Council delegation led by President Alain Berset focused on stabilising the nuclear deal with Iran following the withdrawal of the USA and bilateral cooperation. An agreement and two declarations of intent were signed following the talks.




Switzerland strengthens ties with Iran

Didier Burkhalter received a courtesy visit from the head of the Iranian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi.

16.06.2016 — Press release EDA
A high-level delegation of representatives from Iran's ministries of justice and foreign affairs is in Switzerland today and tomorrow. The focus of the visit is on the implementation of the road map to strengthen ties between the two countries which was signed on 27 February 2016 by President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, and President Hassan Rouhani. Political issues, human rights, regional security and the judiciary were discussed in four negotiating formats, some of which were held in parallel. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter received a courtesy visit from the head of the Iranian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi.





Switzerland welcomes nuclear deal between Iran and E3/EU+3

14.07.2015 — Press release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement between the E3/EU+3 and Iran concerning the Iranian nuclear programme and the gradual lifting of sanctions. This sends out an important signal that major international political disputes can be resolved peacefully and diplomatically.



UN Human Rights Council adopts Swiss resolution on peaceful protests

28.03.2014 — Press release EDA
The 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which was opened on 3 March 2014 by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Didier Burkhalter, has ended today. The council adopted a resolution put forward by Switzerland regarding the protection of human rights during peaceful protest. It also discussed the human rights situation in Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, the Central African Republic, Sri Lanka, Iran, Mali and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.


Iran nuclear talks: Switzerland hails win for diplomacy and security (last modification, the 24.11.2013)

24.11.2013 — Press release EDA
Switzerland welcomes the announcement by the E3/EU+3 and Iran of a joint action plan following talks in Geneva between 20 and 24 November 2013. This agreement is a victory for diplomacy, proving that the pursuit of a diplomatic path can contribute to improving security across the world, particularly in the Middle East. As a longstanding advocate of diplomatic channels, Switzerland has declared its readiness to again provide its good offices for all subsequent meetings.


Switzerland condemns attack in Lebanon

20.11.2013 — Press release EDA
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) condemns in the strongest terms the double attack carried out on Tuesday 19 November 2013 in front of the Iranian embassy in Lebanon. No act of terrorism can be justified. The FDFA expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

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