Switzerland – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart, Ignazio Cassis (Paris, 09 Mar. 20)

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Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will receive Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, today.

The ministers will discuss the key international issues on which our countries are cooperating, notably including the situation in the Middle East. The minister and his interlocutor will reaffirm our two countries’ attachment to the preservation of strong and effective multilateralism.

Jean-Yves Le Drian and Ignazio Cassis will also take stock of the forthcoming meetings focusing on relations between the EU and Switzerland.

The minister will discuss with his interlocutor our trusting and vibrant bilateral relations, especially in the border regions where our populations share catchment areas, the management of which requires close coordination between our two countries. The ministers will exchange views on the progress of negotiations relating to the management of water resources in the Rhone basin.

During this meeting Jean-Yves Le Drian and Ignazio Cassis will discuss the international response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Bilateral relations between France and Switzerland are close and longstanding. We engage in regular political dialogue; the volume of our trade (€31 billion in 2018) and the development of our cross investment reflect the mutual trust between our companies and our investors.