Netherlands And Switzerland Exchange Assistance

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Dutch who get into trouble in countries where there is no Dutch diplomatic representation, may in the future also seek help at Swiss diplomatic representations.. Conversely, Swiss in similar circumstances may contact Dutch diplomats.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, and his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter made agreements on Monday in The Hague.

Many countries close foreign outposts and are therefore seeking coöperation with other countries. The Netherlands has already closed eight diplomatic representations in recent years. Later this year the embassies in Nicaragua and Bolivia will be closed. At the end of this year the Dutch diplomatic network consists of 141 representations.