Switzerland and the UK hold strategic dialogue
Bern, 22.11.2021 - On Monday, 22 November 2021, FDFA State Secretary Livia Leu met in London with Sir Tim Barrow, Political Director at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, for the annual strategic dialogue between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Their discussions focused on the close and multifaceted bilateral relations between their two countries, multilateral cooperation, European policy and current global developments. The strategic dialogue was followed by a meeting between Ms Leu and Cabinet Minister Lord David Frost, underlining the importance of the exchanges between Switzerland and the UK.
Following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, Switzerland's relations with the UK entered a new phase. Since 1 January 2021, the agreements between Switzerland and the EU have no longer applied to the UK. Nine agreements concluded since then between Switzerland and the UK have ensured the preservation of a majority of existing rights and commitments. Both sides agreed that there is potential to expand the bilateral relationship, particularly in the areas of economic, finance and trade relations, multilateral cooperation and scientific collaboration.
In addition to matters relating to bilateral relations and cooperation in multilateral bodies, issues relating to European policy and current international developments were also on the agenda. The talks also addressed Swiss-UK cooperation in research and migration.
Following the strategic dialogue with Sir Tim Barrow, Ms Leu met with Cabinet Minister Lord David Frost for a courtesy call.
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