Swiss upgrade diplomatic representation in Belarus

Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis has opened a Swiss embassy in the Belarusian capital Minsk. The government decided to upgrade the existing office last May.  The decision was “testament to the deepening of cooperation between the two countries”, the foreign ministry said in a statement. This first official visit of a cabinet minister to Belarus focused on stepping up bilateral relations, strengthening human rights and discussing the situation in the region, in particular the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the ministry said.  Before the official opening of the embassy on Thursday, Cassis met Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makej for bilateral talks.  Cassis said Switzerland welcomed the close cooperation with Belarus on human rights and was keen to pursue it further.  “It is important to make concrete progress in this respect,” he said during his meeting with President Lukashenko. Cassis referred in particular to working together on the ...
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