THE VILLA La Grange at the Eaux-Vives, in Geneva.—AP
THE VILLA La Grange at the Eaux-Vives, in Geneva.—AP

GENEVA: An 18th-century manor house in the middle of a public park with lakeside views will host the summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva next week, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Genevas Parc de la Grange, which includes the Villa La Grange as its centerpiece structure, was shut for public access for 10 days on Tuesday by Swiss authorities, who did not specify the reason before Thursday. The ministry announced the selection of the site on its Twitter account.

Security teams have erected signs about the closure, redirected traffic and nearby parking, and put up double-fencing around the park. Garden crews have been working to spruce up the vast lawn and garden sloping down towards Lake Geneva.

The lawns and villa are fringed by tall trees including cedars that are more than 200 years old — offering a relatively discreet and lush venue for the meeting of the two leaders at the end of Biden’s first overseas diplomatic trip since becoming president in January. He was in Britain on Thursday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki laid out Thursday the full plate of issues that Biden will prioritise during the summit, including the war in Ukraine, human rights abuses and alleged Russian ransomware attacks.

Speaking on CBS, Psaki predicted a candid conversation and noted the two leaders have a lot of disagreements, while also citing areas where we can work together such as on issues like the Iran nuclear deal and disarmament.

We want to move to a more stable and predictable relationship that’s in our interest. We don’t want it to be adversarial and always heightened, she said. “That’s what were hopeful this will be the beginning of the start to.

Published in Dawn, June 11th, 2021

Opinion

ECP roars back
Updated 19 Jun 2021

ECP roars back

The bill is a shocking manifestation of the PTI government’s unilateral push to have its way.
Meeting at the top
19 Jun 2021

Meeting at the top

There must be the will to listen, to confer and to compromise...
Budgeting with constraints
Updated 18 Jun 2021

Budgeting with constraints

The budget strategy will deliver growth but raises the risk of external account stress.

Editorial

19 Jun 2021

NA peace — for now

AFTER a session of utter pandemonium and a distasteful war of words, normalcy finally returned to the National...
India uranium theft
Updated 19 Jun 2021

India uranium theft

REPORTS emerging from India about the theft of uranium and possible sale on the black market should be a cause for...
19 Jun 2021

KCR rigmarole

THURSDAY’S proceedings in the Supreme Court clearly demonstrated how divided the stakeholders are when it comes to...
Poll bill reservations
Updated 18 Jun 2021

Poll bill reservations

Reforming the electoral process is vital for Pakistan, and doing so by taking everyone on board is equally important.
18 Jun 2021

E-fund transfer fee

THE State Bank’s decision to withdraw the facility of free of cost digital fund transfer services is disappointing...
18 Jun 2021

Gaza bombed again

MEMORIES of last month’s savage assault by Israel targeting Gaza had not yet faded when earlier this week news...