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Switzerland Responds to Letter about Missionaries

Dear Mr. Paul,

We would like to thank you very much for your email and for the advance copy of an article you consider sending to a publication in Utah. We also deeply appreciated your account of your positive experiences in Switzerland over the years and for the fondness you still seem to have for our country, despite the recent issue concerning visas for missionaries of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

This question has indeed been the subject of various meetings and phone conversations in Switzerland and Washington between high-level representatives of the Swiss Government, including former Swiss Ambassador to the US Urs Ziswiler and the Head of the Federal Office for Migration (the Swiss equivalent of the INS), and representatives of the Church of LDS. These meetings have always been conducted in a constructive atmosphere and with the goal of finding a solution that would respect the Swiss legal framework as well as meeting the interests of the Church of LDS.

As we have been informed by the Federal Office of Migration a few days ago, another meeting dedicated to finding a workable solution is planned with representatives of the Church of LDS in Switzerland for the end of January/beginning of February. We are confident that, given the cooperative spirit the two sides have maintained in this dialog so far, common ground may be found.
Please, feel free to contact us again in due course for an update on the status of this important question.

Kind regards,

Norbert Baerlocher
Counselor, LL.M.
Head Communications & Cultural Affairs
Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America
2900 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, USA
Phone: +1 202 745 7940
Fax: +1 202 387 2564
norbert.baerlocher@eda.admin.ch
http://www.swissemb.org

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