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WEF19 Flurry of meetings mark Swiss ministers’ WEF presence

Four Swiss cabinet ministers at opening of House of Switzerland in Davos

Four members of the Swiss government attended the opening of the House of Switzerland centre at this year's WEF meeting in Davos. 

(Keystone)

Swiss government ministers have held a series of bilateral meetings on the first day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos.

Finance Minister Ueli Maurer said he discussed plans with his counterpart from Saudi Arabia, Mohammed al-Jadaan, to boost financial relations with the Arab kingdom. Maurer told a news conference that the case of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had not been mentioned in the talks.

Switzerland had discussed the issue last October, he added. 

Maurer also met his counterparts from Israel and New Zealand on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis held separate talks with the Georgian prime minister, Mamuka Bakhtadze, and with the foreign minister of Ethiopia, Workneh Gebeyehu. The meetings focused on asylum issues and foreign investment respectively.

For their part, Economics Minister Guy Parmelin and Interior Minister Alain Berset had meetings with government ministers from Chile, Egypt and South Africa.

Tuesday saw the opening of a new meeting centre, the House of Switzerlandexternal link, for Swiss government representatives and business leaders.

The House of Switzerland in the centre of Davos will host four official events over the next few days.

WEF19 WEF in 60 seconds: Day 1

Jessica Davis Plüss and Dominique Soguel-dit-Picard are reporting from Davos on the big issues and mood at the WEF 2019 annual meeting.

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