Switzerland must strengthen its diplomatic presence in Eritrea without opening an embassy
NOVEMBER 15, 2017
Switzerland must strengthen its diplomatic presence in Eritrea without opening an embassy.
With 9 votes to 4, the Foreign Policy Committee of the Council of States has decided to modify in this sense a National Motion - accepted by the plenum with 143 votes to 13 - calling for the creation of a new diplomatic seat in the African country.
According to the majority, this wording goes in the same direction as it encourages the strengthening of relations between the two states, while preserving the consistency of the Federal Council's strategy towards Eritrea, reads a note from the Parliament's Services.
The minority believes that the opening of an embassy is justified by the important presence of Eritrean in Switzerland and the need to strengthen dialogue between the two countries. According to the National, a new diplomatic seat would become the basis for launching the necessary relations to negotiate a readmission agreement, which is urgently needed.