President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis of Switzerland. President Biden thanked President Parmelin for hosting the U.S.-Russia Summit in Geneva on June 16, and he expressed appreciation for Switzerland’s unique historical role providing a neutral ground for diplomacy and negotiations. The leaders discussed the strong U.S.-Switzerland commercial, science and education, and security relationships. President Biden thanked Switzerland for its 40 years of service as the U.S. Protecting Power in Iran. He also welcomed Switzerland’s contribution to the global COVID-19 pandemic response including by hosting the Gavi vaccine alliance secretariat and its contributions to COVAX to facilitate equitable access and distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.