GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss authorities determined Friday to arrange a devoted embassy to the Vatican, for which Switzerland’s ambassador to Slovenia is at the moment accountable.
Switzerland’s governing Federal Council decided the present association “now not permits all of the work entailed by Switzerland’s diplomatic relations with the Holy See to be completed effectively,” a authorities assertion mentioned. It pointed to a pointy rise in high-level official visits in recent times.
Switzerland has been diplomatically represented on the Vatican since 1991, although the publish of ambassador was held by diplomats based mostly in Bern, Geneva, Prague and since 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The brand new embassy will even handle relations with Malta and San Marino.
Though Switzerland’s diplomatic presence thus far has been restricted, the nation is central to a Vatican establishment — the Swiss Guards. Members of the world’s oldest standing military present ceremonial guard responsibility throughout papal Plenty, stand watch on the Vatican gates and assist shield Pope Francis.
The guards are all single Swiss males underneath age 30 and have to be upstanding Catholics. They join two-year excursions of responsibility and stay communally contained in the Vatican.