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Post by RamblerNash Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:21 pm

According to Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis during a visit he began to Iraq on Saturday
03.04.2021
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Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis announced, Saturday, that his country has adopted a strategy to stabilize the Middle East and North Africa.

This came during a joint press conference held by the Swiss minister with his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, in Baghdad.

Earlier Saturday, Cassis arrived in Baghdad as part of a two-day official visit.

Cassis said, "This is the first visit of a Swiss minister to Iraq since 1979, and it will not be the last."

"The Swiss government has adopted a strategy for the period between 2021-2024, which aims to bring stability to the Middle East and North Africa, and this is the basis of my visit to Iraq," he added.

He explained, "We are determined to build correct relations that lead to the restoration of stability in the region. I have a tour after Iraq, which includes Jordan and Lebanon, and it will be with the same goals, which is to restore stability to the region."

"Iraq is known as a bridge to peace, and we will work together to bring peace, and we will continue to support Iraq in the political and economic sphere, and we will work to reopen the Swiss embassy in Iraq," Cassis said.

The Swiss embassy in Iraq closed in 1991 during the Gulf War.

Cassis did not provide further details about the strategy he announced, but according to the Swiss government website, that strategy that was adopted is based on Switzerland's long-standing commitment to conflict prevention, humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

According to it, the future foreign policy of Switzerland in the MENA region will focus on 5 priorities: peace, security and human rights, migration, sustainable development, economics, money and science, digitalization and new technologies.

Switzerland's engagement in the region, according to the strategy, will focus on supporting good governance, sustainable economic development, facilitating safe and orderly migration, promoting targeted reforms, a brighter economic future and increasing civic participation.

For his part, the Iraqi foreign minister said, during the press conference, that "a memorandum of understanding was signed in the political field between Iraq and Switzerland."

He added, "We discussed how to work together in the political field."

He also pointed out that "the issue of Iraqi funds frozen in Swiss banks (whose accounts belong to the time of Saddam Hussein's regime), and the Iraqi refugee file in Switzerland and Europe in general, were discussed.

Hussein added, "We discussed how to invite Swiss companies to Iraq, especially companies producing medicines."

He stated that "the Swiss minister has an intensive program, where he will meet Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and visit some areas of Baghdad."

Switzerland hosts hundreds of Iraqi refugees, some of whom have rejected their asylum applications, and Geneva is seeking to deport them.

In February, Iraq informed Switzerland that it had refused to forcibly deport 245 Iraqis, whose asylum applications had been rejected.

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