The Swiss Bridge to Iran

Decades of Swiss outreach through diplomacy, business and other shared interests have played a role among efforts to bring Iran back into the fold of the international community. Switzerland has represented American interests in Iran since 1980, and Iran's interests in Egypt since 1979.

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A general view of a petrochemical complex in Asalouyeh, Iran, on the northern coast of Persian Gulf.
The new office's clients will be foreign multinationals looking to operate in Iran, following the lifting of economic sanctions in January.
Banking relationships between Iran and the rest of the world remain difficult due to sanctions that still exist from the United States
Tehran is a draw these days for foreign leaders hoping to capitalise on the nuclear deal
Iran's oil production is poised to re-enter the world market
Mission accomplished: Swiss plane lands in Geneva with Americans freed from prison in Iran
Iran is a big potential market for the Swiss but not without risks
Burkhalter (left) talking to his Iranian counterpart Zarif in 2013
A silver lining in Tehran? The nuclear deal has kickstarted hopes that sanctions will be stopped
Browsing for clothes in Tehran
Posing in Lausanne after the Iran nuke deal was announced
US Foreign Minister John Kerry (right) has had several opportunities to sample the hospitality of Switzerland and to interact with his counterpart, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter (left).
Iran hopes to export its steel after the nuclear deal