Federal councillor Ignazio Cassis is still up on Saturday on his first trip to South America as Secretary of state. At the beginning of his stay in Uruguay he has visited on Monday the villages of San José de Mayo and Nueava Helvetica,

The Department of foreign Affairs FDFA informed in the evening. The two small cities have a close connection to Switzerland. In San José de Mayo Cassis presented, together with the municipal President of Morcote, Nicola Brivio, a Check for the restoration of the works of the Ticino artist Martino Perlasca. The images are located in several palaces of Montevideo, as well as in the Cathedral of San José de Mayo.

50’000 Swiss roots

In Nueva Helvetica, the Minister of foreign Affairs met with members of the Swiss community. Of the 3.4 million inhabitants of Uruguay 50’000 Swiss roots. Many of their ancestors were in the 19th century. A century after Uruguay emigrated to escape poverty in Switzerland.

On Tuesday, Federal councillor Cassis in Montevideo, with Vice-foreign Minister Ariel Bergamino, and with the President of the house of representatives, Cecilia Bottino, conversations. In addition, Cassis will meet with members of the Swiss-Uruguayan chamber of Commerce. At this Meeting, among other things, the vocational education and training and the creation of jobs will be in particular for young people, a theme.

Cassis will then travel to Chile and Brazil. These countries, along with Uruguay is an important Partner of Switzerland, and one of the founding members of the economic zone of Mercosur. Switzerland is currently negotiating as members of the European free trade Association Efta with Mercosur on a free trade agreement. (SDA)