Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with President of Switzerland Alain Berset

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with President of Switzerland Alain Berset

On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the President of Switzerland, Alain Berset.

The leaders discussed pressing geopolitical issues. They unequivocally condemned the brutal terrorist attacks perpetrated by Hamas against Israel and expressed support for Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law. The leaders expressed concern over escalation in the region and the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. They agreed on the need for urgent and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian aid for civilians. The leaders called for the humane treatment and immediate release of all hostages being held by Hamas. They also discussed the importance of continuing to support Ukraine in the face of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion, including through sanctions.

In the context of the current geopolitical climate, the Prime Minister and the President discussed the importance of protecting democracy and emphasized the need to uphold and respect the rule of law.

The leaders highlighted shared priorities, such as strengthening local content in their countries’ respective broadcasting systems, including through regulations for online platforms.

Prime Minister Trudeau congratulated President Berset on an outstanding political career, as he reaches the end of his mandate.

The two leaders recognized the strong bilateral relationship between Canada and Switzerland, and looked forward to future opportunities to continue to build on these relations.


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