Switzerland, which does not have a full-fledged embassy in Belarus, will open it in Minsk in the nearest future.
Switzerland’s embassy office, which has worked in Minsk since 2010, will be upgraded to a full embassy. It is the only Swiss representation in Belarus.
The decision was taken by the Federal Council at its meeting on Wednesday, 15 May. It was based on the deepening of the relations between the two countries.
The embassy is to be opened officially this year. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will be the one in charge.
Meanwhile, Belarus has two representations in Switzerland – an embassy in Bern and a consulate in Zurich.
At present Belarus’ diplomatic mission in Switzerland is headed by Pavel Matsukevich, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. The country plans to appoint an ambassador to Switzerland this year.
Recall that in 2016, in response to the release of political prisoners, the EU lifted most sanctions against Belarus, the move that Switzerland had supported.
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