Leuthard receives support from Sarkozy
Swiss President Doris Leuthard has told French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy that Switzerland wants to be brought in more to the decision-making process of the G20.
In 2011 France will chair the G20, a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 economies: 19 countries plus the European Union. Switzerland is not a member.
Speaking in Paris, Leuthard said Switzerland – the seventh-largest financial centre in the world – wanted to bring ideas to discussions and be able to exert its influence.
This is a chance to debate closer cooperation, said the finance ministry in a statement on Wednesday.
Sarkozy described Switzerland as “an essential partner in reforming the international financial system”.
Leuthard, also the Swiss finance minister, had been due to meet Sarkozy in June, but the French president postponed the working visit because something else came up.
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