Swiss president Amherd receives Portugal’s leading politicians

13 June 2024 11:23

AICEP Portugal

Bern/Geneva - President of the Swiss Confederation Viola Amherd has received Portugal’s president and prime minister. The two politicians celebrated Portugal Day in Geneva on June 10 with Portuguese inhabitants living in Switzerland and then traveled to Bern.

President of the Swiss Confederation Viola Amherd has met with Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Luís Montenegro. According to a press release, the discussions in Bern, Switzerland, on Wednesday, June 12 focused on European politics, the upcoming Ukraine conference, and collaboration between Switzerland and Portugal on a multilateral level in particular as well as bilateral relations.

Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis also participated in the discussions as the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Ongoing negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union were also on the agenda. Another central topic was the Summit on Peace in Ukraine to be held at Bürgenstock in the canton of Nidwalden on June 15 and 16. Approximately 90 countries have already confirmed their attendance. Portugal will be represented by President Rebelo de Sousa and Foreign Minister Paulo Rangel.

Prime Minister Luís Montenegro had visited a Portuguese school in Geneva on June 11, telling the students that he hopes that they are happy in Switzerland but that they are needed in Portugal. According to a press release, the prime minister asked the students at the school, where three classes are taught in Portuguese, to continue learning “Portuguese language, history, and culture” and “to keep the ties” with their family, friends, and interests in Portugal alive.

Approximately 260,000 Portuguese people live in Switzerland currently, making it the third-largest group of foreign nationals. Around 7,000 Swiss nationals live in Portugal. ce/gba