Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis says he plans to strengthen his ministry’s focus on trade.
“The first two foreign policy goals are independence and prosperity according to our constitution. And who else but the business ensures prosperity,” Cassis told public radio SRF.
“Who else but the business community ensures prosperity,” he said. Observers say the statement appears to pre-empt criticism of a planned policy shift.
Switzerland’s future foreign policy should become more targeted, more interconnected and less reactive, according to a report commissioned by the foreign ministry.
The paper is to serve as basis for the government’s foreign policy strategy for the next four years.
Presenting the findings to the public on Tuesday, Cassis also said his ministry was willing to examine a request by the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross to store data safely in Switzerland.
The document analyses the challenges and proposes options to consolidate Switzerland’s position in an increasingly unstable world, according to a government statementexternal link.