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Foreign Minister of Switzerland visits India


New Delhi, 6 February  2024 (TDI): Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Monday met his visiting Switzerland counterpart Ignazio Cassis and held discussions for further strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations.

The discussions took place following the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the India-Switzerland friendship treaty.

The discussion between the two officials encompassed various dimensions of collaboration and cooperation between the two states. Both diplomats explored avenues to enhance the existing relationship between India and Switzerland.

Alongside bilateral matters, they exchanged views on significant regional and global issues, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Jaishankar expressed gratitude for the ‘Mission to the Sun’ Swatch gifted by his Swiss counterpart, using the moment to emphasize India’s commitment to space exploration.

Moreover, he highlighted the significance of India’s Aditya L1 Mission as a testament to the nation’s unwavering dedication to scientific endeavors.

“Thank him for the ‘Mission to the Sun’ Swatch gift. Through Aditya L1 Mission, India is living up to it,” concluded his post. India achieved a significant milestone with the successful placement of its first dedicated solar mission, the Aditya-L1 spacecraft, into the Halo orbit last September.

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This follows the historic lunar landing mission, Chandrayaan-3. Swiss Foreign Minister Cassis embarked on a day-long visit to India, as announced earlier by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Following his visit to India, Cassis is scheduled to travel to China, South Korea, and the Philippines. His Asia tour commenced with a working visit to New Delhi. This visit marks his first to India since commemorating the 70th anniversary of Swiss-Indian friendship in 2018.

Future Engagements

Switzerland Federal Councillor and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis will proceed to China from Feb 6 to 7, as announced by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Friday. 

Cassis’s visit to China comes at the invitation of Wang Yi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two sides are slated to hold the third round of the China-Switzerland Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue, as stated by the spokesperson.

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan
Muhammad Idrees Khan is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Peace and Conflict Studies at the National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). He is passionate about analyzing global conflicts and understanding diplomatic strategies for peace-building. He actively engages in discussions on state security, international diplomacy, and conflict resolution. The writer can be reached at idreesbhittani123@gmail.com

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