the President of The Republic starts today a State visit to Switzerland, that lasts until Tuesday, during which will be received by his counterpart, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, and will have a meeting with the Portuguese community.
in This displacement, divided between Geneva and Bern, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be accompanied by minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, and the secretary of State for Communities, José Luís Carneiro.
The meeting of the head of State with representatives of the Portuguese community in Switzerland – which is one of the largest Portuguese communities abroad, with close to 300 thousand Portuguese – is the first point of this visit, today at 17:00, in Geneva.
The Portuguese are the third largest foreign community in Switzerland, after the italians and germans, but in Geneva are the first community.
According to the program of the visit, on Monday Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann in Geneva.
then, visit technological projects in local, and after part of the train to Bern.
On arrival in Bern, the President of the Republic is again with Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, with the other members of the Federal Council and with the Chancellor of the Swiss Confederation, Walter Thurnherr.
Is planned a press conference of the presidents of Portuguese and swiss, after a meeting the two.
The day ends with a dinner in honor of the President of the Republic, offered by the Swiss Federal Council.
On Tuesday morning, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to visit the company Rondo SA, in Burgdorf, about 30 kilometres from Bern, according to the program, for being "an example of what the swiss call 'vocational training’", in which the students can choose to "learn a profession in their own workplace", from the age of 15 years.
Before returning to Lisbon, the President of the Republic visit the Museum Franz Gertsch, one by swiss painter known for his portraits, hyper-realistic.