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Media Release

Ambassador Khan presents credentials to the President of the Federal Council

Berne, November 11- Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan yesterday presented her credentials to the President of the Swiss Federal Council Excellency Didier Burkhalter, President of the Federal Council.

Ambassador Khan presented her credentials at the seat of the Swiss government in Berne, Switzerland.

Ambassador Khan takes on this bilateral accreditation in addition to her function as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva. Ambassador Khan thanked the Swiss government for the warm welcome received by the Fiji Mission in Geneva, and the assistance of the Swiss government and of individual Swiss officials in helping the Mission to establish itself.

The President of the Federal Council congratulated Ambassador Khan for the establishment of the Mission.

Mr Burkhalter who is Switzerland's Minister for Foreign Affairs congratulated Fiji for having successfully held democratic elections, and for Fiji’s successful Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council.

He said the Federal Council, which is the collegiate ministerial cabinet of the Swiss government, stood ready to assist if the Fiji Mission needed any further assistance.

During their discussions, they spoke of cooperation in the area of climate change, an area of mutual concern.

Like Switzerland, Fiji has adopted an integrated approach and plan to address climate change and disaster risk management, both of which are topical issues with upcoming international conferences, which will require focused action by the international community. They also discussed further bilateral engagement, now facilitated by Fiji’s presence in Switzerland.

Ambassador Khan was one of ten heads of missions based in Geneva who presented their credentials to the President of the Swiss Federal Council. The Federal Council is a seven-person federal cabinet elected by the Swiss Assembly for a period of four years.

The Council is considered the Head of State.