On 1st August 2015, National Day of Switzerland was celebrated by the Authority of the Republic and State of Geneva. The event was hosted by H.E M. François LONGCHAMP President of Council of the Republic of Geneva, Mr. Jean Luc CHOPARD, Head of Protocol of Republic of Geneva and Mrs. Marie ESTHE ALDER, Mayor of Geneva at the Parc des Eaux-Vives Restaurant.

Mr. Azizullah Omar, Chargé d’affairs of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, attended this event. At the entrance, Mr. Omar was received by the Head of Protocol and the authorities of Geneva while the Swiss Brass band was interpreting the Swiss national anthem. Mr. Omar on behalf of Afghanistan presented his congratulation to the authorities and wish for further prosperity and peace in Switzerland.

Since 1891, the first of August has been celebrated as Swiss National Day. The date refers to a historic alliance concluded in 1291 by three cantons of Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden. The ceremony was followed by a reception and a fruitful discussion with other representatives of the friendly countries

Joint Annual Meeting on Situation of Afghan Refugees in Switzerland

On 16th January 2014, The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan held a joint annual meeting with authorizes of Federal Office of Migration in Bern, to oversee the situation of Afghan refugees in Switzerland.

Mr. Michel Morf, Deputy Head of the Return Division welcomed H.E Dr. Nangyalai Tarzi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the UNOG and Mr. Obaidullah Zamani, First Secretary and Consul of Afghanistan Embassy and Permanent Mission in Geneva. Mr. Morf expressed his sincere appreciation to the Embassy of Afghanistan for its close cooperation with Federal Office of Migration on issues of Afghan refugees in Switzerland. The event was proceeded by a brief presentation on the new organizational structure of the Federal Office of Migration by Ambassador Urs Von Arb, Director of the International Cooperation, Mrs. Ursina Bernard, Head of the 3rd Countries and Africa of FoM and Mr. Rogar, Specialist of the return section.

Ambassador Tarzi in his concluding remarks thanked FoM for organizing the annual meeting and appreciated the contribution of the government and people of Switzerland to the reconstruction and stability of Afghanistan through its developmental and humanitarian projects.