Swiss President pays first state visit to Belgium

Swiss President pays first state visit to Belgium
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Swiss President Ignazio Cassis and his wife paid their first state visit to Belgium on Thursday, at the invitation of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.

They were welcomed at the Palace on Thursday morning before proceeding to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where a wreath was laid.

The Swiss president and First lady then visited the Federal Parliament, where they were received by Chamber President Eliane Tillieux and Senate President Stephanie D’Hose. They discussed bilateral relations, democracy, confederalism and the international situation, Tillieux said on Twitter.

Afterwards, Cassis had a meeting with Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. They talked about the war in Ukraine, energy supplies in Europe and security on the continent, among other things.

There have been seven state visits to Belgium since King Philippe came on the throne in 2013. The last by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in March.

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