Herzog, Bennett Meets Swiss President Parmelin

Pesident Yitzchak Herzog (R) and President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin at the President’s Residence in Yerushalayim. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

President Yitzchak Herzog welcomed the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, to the President’s Residence in Yerushalayim on Thursday morning.

In his meeting with the President of Switzerland, Herzog stressed the need to expand and enhance ties between the State of Israel and the Swiss Confederation, with an emphasis on science and technology. The two leaders discussed regional affairs, and Herzog raised the matter of Israeli MIAs and civilian hostages.

Herzog emphasized that Israel is profoundly committed to the return of its missing sons and will continue to work at all levels to ensure their return home.

Later in the day, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with President Parmelin at the Prime Minister’s Office. The leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations especially in innovation, science and development.

Bennett presented the Israeli view on the Iranian threat and asked that Switzerland, as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, press for decisive steps against Iranian progress in their nuclear project.

Bennett shared Israel’s success in fighting the coronavirus and noted that Israel would be pleased to share its insights with Switzerland.

Innovation and Science Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen also attended the meeting.