Switzerland's Leadership of the OSCE

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Room 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
United States
Hon. Benjamin Cardin
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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hon. Christopher Smith
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Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
His Excellency Didier Burkhalter
President of the Swiss Confederation, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the OSCE
Heidi Grau
Ambassador and Head of the OSCE Chairmanship Task Force
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Benjamin Cardin, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, presided over the hearing on the new Switzerland's leadership of the OSCE.

He was joined by Didier Burkhalter. He was the president of the Swiss Confederation, foreign minister, and Chair in Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Mr. Burkhalter explained the priorities of the Swiss chairmanship: to contribute to fostering security and stability, to improving people's life, and to strengthening the OSCE's capacity to act. His mission was to enhance security, freedom, and responsability.

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