Switzerland's Cassis and Austria's Schallenberg Focus on Neutrality and Security Policy

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: April 28, 2024; 00:37 ♦ (Vindobona)

At a time when geopolitical tensions are increasing worldwide, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis met in Bern to discuss and strengthen bilateral relations, the neutrality of both countries, and their common security policy.

Switzerland's Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis (r.) received his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg (l.) in Bern. / Picture: © BMEIA Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres / Michael Gruber / Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0 DEED)

The high-level meeting underlined the importance of cooperation between the two neutral states, particularly against the backdrop of Russia's illegal war of aggression against Ukraine and the tense situation in the Middle East. "In these challenging times, the exchange between neighbors and like-minded people is particularly valuable. As medium-sized, neutral states in Europe, we are…