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Berset in Brussels Swiss president sidelined by EU leader

Alain Berset in front of the Europa Building in Brussels

Berset had hoped for a meeting with European Commission President Juncker to discuss an impasse in bilateral negotiations. 

(Keystone)

The Swiss president, Alain Berset, has stressed the importance of the partnership between Europe and Asia as a key factor in strengthening multilateralism around the world.

Attending a summit of more than 50 European and Asian leaders in Brussels on Friday, Berset also met representatives of several countries to discuss bilateral and international affairs.

An interior ministry statement highlighted talks between Berset and the prime ministers of Russia, Spain and Thailand as well as government ministers from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

However, there was no formal meeting between Berset and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Berset told journalists in Brussels that it had not been possible to agree a date to review the situation after negotiations between the EU and Switzerland over a so-called framework accord hit an impasse on Tuesday.

He stressed it was important to exchange opinions at a political level even if the technical negotiations are not over. He reiterated Brussels had never set a formal deadline by mid-October for the four-year negotiations on an accord cementing the bilateral relations.


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