Switzerland and Romania celebrate 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations by exhibition of diplomatic documents

The Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Bucharest and Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, at the National Museum of Romania’s History, opened an exhibition of diplomatic documents and photographs in order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1911.

Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Baconschi, Helene Budliger Artieda, Secretary of State with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and Livio Hurzeler, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Bucharest, attended the above-mentioned event.

‘The economic relations are remarkably dynamic, Switzerland is the eighth foreign investor in Romania.

We are expecting new Swiss investments in our country. Meanwhile we are duty-bound to voice gratitude to the Swiss Government, which, in its programme of assistance to the new member states, allocated a grant amounting to 181 million Swiss francs,’ said Minister Baconschi. He also mentioned the cultural, inter-academic, and intellectual relations between the two societies, which are extremely rich too.

In her turn Helene Budliger Artieda pointed to the political cooperation between the two capital cities and said that 18 visits were paid by ministers in the past five years.

‘This year there will also be important meetings. The President of the Confederation, Mrs Micheline Calmy-Rey, will pay an official visit to Romania on June 30, 2011 and at the end of the year, the federal counsellor in charge of justice and police, Mrs Simonetta Sommaruga, will meet her Romanian counterpart in Bucharest,’ said the Swiss official.

The diplomatic relations between Romania and the Swiss Confederation were established in 1911 at legation level and were raised to embassy level on December 24, 1962.


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