The head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed on Monday the hope that Switzerland will be able to validate the framework agreement with the EU, after having seen with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis in Bern.
The “quality of Franco-Swiss cooperation relating to Covid-19”, but also bilateral relations and European policy were on the menu of talks between Ignazio Cassis and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday in Bern. International topical issues were also discussed.
Regarding the pandemic, the heads of diplomacy underlined “the regularity of high-level contacts” between their two countries, indicates the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in a press release. “It is in this same spirit that Switzerland and France intend to continue their collaboration”, he adds.
The arrival of the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Le Drian in Switzerland follows the visit of Ignazio Cassis to Paris on March 9 and 10, shortly before the acute period of the coronavirus crisis.
MM. Cassis and Le Drian also discussed cross-border issues and underlined the quality of bilateral relations. Regarding the European dossier, the head of the FDFA informed his counterpart of the current state of the dossier and of the next steps.
Several international issues were also on the agenda. Mr. Cassis notably expressed his concern about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. He also expressed concern about the growing tensions in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, and called on all parties to de-escalate and engage in dialogue.
At the end of the afternoon, French Minister Le Drian also met the President of the Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga during a courtesy visit.
Posted: 11/16/2020, 10:05 p.m.