Switzerland sends experienced diplomat Former Ambassador Jörg Frieden to Sri Lanka, to explore the possibilities of clarifying the security incident at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo

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Switzerland is continuing high-level talks with Sri Lanka, to resolve the current crisis resulting from the alleged abduction of an embassy staff member.

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis phoned his Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena this week, to inform him that Switzerland was sending Former Ambassador Jörg Frieden to Sri Lanka.

Under the lead of this experienced diplomat, possibilities for clarifying the security incident at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo are to be explored.

Mr Cassis also emphasised that the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs considers the health and safety of its staff to be paramount, and that it is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that these are protected in the further proceedings.

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