Wednesday 7 March 2011
The Hon. Nandi Glassie, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, is pleased to announce the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Cook Islands and Switzerland through the exchange of formal diplomatic notes between the two Governments.
A highly-developed, land-locked Western European country, Switzerland has a population of some 7.8 million persons and a land area of 41,000 square kilometres. With a long history of political neutrality, Switzerland is a world-famous banking centre and is home to such multinational corporations as Nestlé and The Swatch Group. It is also the home of many international organisations, including the Red Cross, the International Labour Organisation, the World Trade Organisation, the International Olympic Committee and FIFA.
“The Cook Islands welcomes this very positive step forward in the development of relations with Switzerland,” said the Minister, adding that “the establishment of diplomatic relations provides a sound basis for the further development of relations between our two countries in a wide range of economic, cultural, political and other areas. It is quite possible that the Cook Islands could learn valuable lessons from Switzerland in how to approach national development issues in the coming years and benefit from Swiss expertise and assistance in various ways.”
It is expected that the Ambassador of Switzerland in New Zealand, H.E. Ms Marion Krupski will soon travel to the Cook Islands to present her credentials and to discuss with Government how relations between the two countries might be further strengthened.