President Trump Congratulates Swiss President Sommaruga on Swiss National Day

Photo by: U.S. Department of State (IIP Bureau) The South Portico entrance of the White House.

Dear Madam President:

On behalf of the American people, it is an honor to congratulate the people of the Swiss Confederation as you celebrate your National Day on August 1.

My January visit to Davos during the World Economic Forum was an excellent opportunity to reflect on our strong bond of friendship with Switzerland.  Our shared democratic principles, strong economic relationship, and the close ties between our citizens make us natural partners in promoting our shared values.  This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of Switzerland’s Protecting Power arrangement for the United States in Iran, which has been of great value.  Your government remains instrumental in securing the release of American hostages wrongfully detained by the Iranian regime.  We also greatly appreciate Switzerland’s recent assistance in repatriating United States citizens as the coronavirus disrupted travel around the world.  We look forward to working with you as we emerge form this pandemic stronger and more resilient.

On the occasion of your National Day, I wish you and the people of Switzerland peace and prosperity and look forward to strengthening our trade relationship and our cooperation across a wide range of mutual priorities.


Donald J. Trump