President Parmelin to travel to Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory and United Arab Emirates for Expo Dubai Swiss Day

Bern, 21.10.2021 - The President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Guy Parmelin, will travel to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory next week. Talks with the heads of state and government will be held on Thursday 28 October. On Friday 29 October, Mr Parmelin will be in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the official Swiss Day at Expo 2020. Talks with the UAE government are also scheduled.

The talks in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territory will focus on bilateral cooperation in economic and science matters, the creation of jobs for Palestinian youth and Switzerland's peace promotion efforts.

In Israel, Mr Parmelin will meet with President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. While in Ramallah, he will take part in an event with representatives of the Swiss-Palestinian Joint Business Council and the innovation scene and will hold talks with President Mahmoud Abbas, at which Vice-Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr and Foreign Minister Ryiad Al Malki will also be present.

The Dubai Expo, originally scheduled for 2020, did not open until 1 October 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the first world exhibition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and also the first to be held by an Arab country. The motto is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Mr Parmelin will attend Switzerland's National Day and visit the country's pavilion, which presents Switzerland as a leading location for innovation and as a tourist destination.

Meetings with UAE government representatives are also planned. In addition to Switzerland's presence at Expo Dubai, talks will focus on economic and financial relations between Switzerland and the UAE, cooperation in the fields of education, science and innovation, and regional policy developments.

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