Tuesday, 21st September 2021

Swiss govt sends diplomat to participate in investigations over the embassy staff arrest

Colombo, Dec 21 (BAN/ AD): An diplomat has been sent by Switzerland government to participate in the investigations into the Swiss Embassy employee, Ms. Garnier Banister Francis who was arrested and remanded for making false claims.

Former ambassador Jörg Frieden has been sent to Sri Lanka by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to explore possibilities for clarifying the security incident at the Swiss embassy in Colombo. High level talks are currently underway to resolve the issue.

On Dec 18 Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis called Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to inform him that Switzerland was sending Mr. Frieden. During the call both emphasized that the Swiss FDFA considers the health and safety of its staff to be paramount, and that it is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure that these are protected in the further proceedings.

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