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Belt and Road Initiative to Contribute to Poverty Reduction: Swiss President
May 08,2017   By:Xinhua
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May 8, 2017 -- Swiss President Doris Leuthard speaks during an interview with Xinhua in Bern, Switzerland, on Jan. 12, 2017. She is expected to attend the Belt and Road forum for international cooperation in Beijing on May 14-15. [Xinhua/Xu Jinquan]
 
May 8, 2017 -- "The Belt and Road Initiative will strengthen well-being and contribute to poverty reduction in concerned regions. It will improve 'connectivity' between Europe and Asia, and help develop trade and the exchange of people," Swiss president Doris Leuthard told Xinhua in a recent interview.
 
Leuthard is among the heads of state and government leaders who accepted China's invitation to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation slated for May 14 and 15 in Beijing.
 
The trip to China reflects Switzerland's support for the Belt and Road Initiative. It also highlights the very positive relations prevailing between Switzerland and China, she said.
 
Leuthard noted that Switzerland was among the first non-Asian countries to become a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), whose mandate involves, amongst other things, financing infrastructure projects along the Belt and Road.
 
The improvement of transportation and communication links between Europe and Asia is also important for Switzerland, she said.