Discussions in Oslo and Copenhagen will focus on Swiss-Norwegian and Swiss-Danish bilateral relations, respectively, as well as on European and international issues. The three countries' multilateral engagement in human security, peace promotion and humanitarian policy will also be discussed.
In addition, Mr Cassis will take part in a ceremony hosted by the Swiss embassy in Copenhagen to mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Denmark. He will conclude his visit to Scandinavia with a courtesy visit to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
The last visits by a head of the FDFA to Norway and Denmark date to 2001 and 2002. In 2001, Federal Councillor Joseph Deiss visited Oslo, where he met with Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Thorbjørn Jagland. In 2002, Mr Deiss visited Copenhagen, where he met with Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller.
Mr Cassis will be accompanied by National Councillor Eric Nussbaumer (Swiss Social Democratic Party), who heads the Swiss parliamentary delegation to the EU/EFTA and is a member of the National Council's Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), and by National Councillor Anna Giacometti (FDP.The Liberals), who is also a member of the FAC. In Oslo, they will meet with Norwegian Member of Parliament Svein Roald Hansen, head of the Norwegian EFTA/EEA delegation.
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