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August 1 speech Swiss president: ‘States not only competitors, but also partners’

In an address to the Swiss Abroad on the country's national day, President Alain Berset says Switzerland is "dependent on rules-based international relations".

The Swiss president traditionally records a message to Switzerland's expat community as part of the country's August 1st celebrations.

Currently, about 752,000 Swiss citizens live abroad, and maintain voting and other key rights.

Berset used the occasion to highlight the importance of global stability and significance of ties with the European Union.

Switzerland is currently embroiled in negotiations with the EU over a new framework agreement on Switzerland's continued access to the 28-nation-bloc's single market.

Ongoing debate Framing the terms for future Swiss-EU relations

On Wednesday, the Swiss government once again debated the potential institutional framework agreement between Switzerland and the European Union (EU).

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