Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter holds political talks in Hanoi and opens the new Consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City

Press release, 02.06.2015

On June 2nd 2015 Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter met for political talks in Hanoi with the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic matters, Hoàng Trung Hải, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh. The talks focused on bilateral issues and security in Asia. The talks covered regional security matters as well as bilateral aspects and economic issues.

Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and Foreign Minister Pham Bình Minh.

Mr Burkhalter, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), opened the new Swiss Consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon of the same day. The new Swiss Consulate general is a tangible sign of the close relations between Switzerland and Vietnam. In his address, Mr Burkhalter said that this new representation showed how firmly Switzerland believed in the strong potential of Vietnam and its people, with the new Consulate general holding out the prospect of further expanding the economic ties between the two countries, reflecting one of its key tasks: providing support for Swiss companies in Vietnam.

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