The 2017 New Year Reception for the Ambassadors and Diplomatic Corps organized by the Swiss Confederation in Bern

Dr Suraya Dalil, Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the UN and International Organizations based in Geneva; attended; and was welcomed by President Doris Leuthard of Swiss Confederation. President Doris Leuthard is the President of Swiss Confederation for 2017 as well as head of Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication. President Leuthard in her address to the Ambassadors indicated the priorities for the Swiss foreign policy including a commitment to economic and scientific progress, to peace and security at global level; reinforcement of international law; and develop Swiss relations with the EU and its member states. President Leuthard is a politician and lawyer and it is her second time as President of the Confederation following her term as the President in 2010. She is from the Christian Democratic People’s Party. The reception took place in the Parliament Building, Bern, January 11, 2017 and was attended by more than 130 Ambassadors and Diplomats.

Photo credit: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.