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Ambassadors and International Network Conference 2021 under the banner of digitalisation

23.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The Ambassadors and International Network Conference will be held in Bern from 23 to 26 August. Besides current foreign policy issues, this year's conference will focus on the use of digital technologies and their potential. The other members of the Federal Council as well as the state secretariats will also take part in various workshops, the aim of which being to strengthen coherence in the implementation of Swiss foreign policy.


Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis meets Foreign Minister of Oman in Ticino

23.08.2021 — Press release EDA
Cooperation for peace and stability and recent developments in the Middle East were the focus of the talks between Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and Oman's Foreign Minister, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi, who was visiting Ticino. Tomorrow, the two foreign ministers will take part in the fourth Middle East Mediterranean Summer Summit, organised by the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).


Evacuation from Kabul: FDFA organises charter flight to Uzbekistan and supports air bridge for people leaving Afghanistan

20.08.2021 — Press release EDA
On 21 August 2021, a SWISS plane will fly to Tashkent to pick up people previously evacuated from Kabul. The plane will bring Swiss citizens and people from different countries to Europe. With this flight, the FDFA is supporting the air bridge of international partner states that is allowing people to leave Afghanistan. In a telephone conversation with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov on 19 August 2021, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the FDFA, was able to ensure that various logistical problems for the charter flight are being resolved and thanked him for Uzbekistan's support for the evacuation efforts. On Saturday, about 1.3 million masks for Uzbekistan will be brought to Tashkent on this charter flight to protect against COVID-19.


Haiti earthquake: Switzerland sends specialists and allocates CHF 1 million in relief support

19.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The toll of deaths and casualties from Saturday's earthquake in Haiti continues to rise. After the quake, Switzerland immediately mobilised specialised personnel and material to support the Haitian civil protection services. Switzerland is running its humanitarian aid operations from its embassy in Port-au-Prince, while a team from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit has been dispatched from Bern to assist. Switzerland is providing CHF 1 million to support emergency operations.


Haiti earthquake: Switzerland sends specialists and allocates CHF 1 million in relief support

18.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The toll of deaths and casualties from Saturday's earthquake in Haiti continues to rise. After the quake, Switzerland immediately mobilised specialised personnel and material to support the Haitian civil protection services. Switzerland is running its humanitarian aid operations from its embassy in Port-au-Prince, while a team from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit has been dispatched from Bern to assist. Switzerland is providing CHF 1 million to support emergency operations.


SDC and SECO promote projects by committed young people

18.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs are launching the second Swiss Youth and Future prize 'Together we're better'. The goal: recognising and promoting young people's projects. The projects aim to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged people in the Global South and contribute to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All teams with eligible entries can present their project at the International Cooperation Forum Switzerland.



Swiss staff evacuated from SDC cooperation office in Kabul

16.08.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is concerned about the grave security situation in Afghanistan. Given the events of the last few days, the FDFA has temporarily closed the cooperation office of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and had its Swiss staff flown out of Kabul. On 16 August 2021, the three remaining staff members landed in Doha. They will travel to Switzerland from there as soon as possible. Three other staff members had already left Kabul. Efforts are under way to find a solution for local personnel so that the FDFA's local employees and their immediate families can also leave Afghanistan.


Fires in Greece: Swiss emergency deployment completed

15.08.2021 — Press release EDA
The firefighting operation carried out by Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Armed Forces in Greece came to an end on 14 August 2021. The three Super Pumas and their crews, together with the Swiss Humanitarian Aid rapid response team, supported the Greek authorities in the forest fire suppression operations for seven days. In total, Swiss helicopters carried out 226 rotations and dropped more than 386 tonnes of water on the fires.


COVID-19: Switzerland sends 13 tonnes of medical supplies to Vietnam

11.08.2021 — Press release EDA
Switzerland is helping Vietnam to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is sending 30 ventilators, 500,000 antigen tests and 280,000 medical face masks to the country, which has been hit hard by the virus. The consignment includes 5 million francs' worth of relief supplies.



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