18th century villas in Geneva Park hosting the Biden Putin Summit


Geneva — The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it will hold a summit meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in an 18th-century mansion in the middle of a park with lakeside views.

Geneva’s Parc de la Grande (including Villa La Grande as its core structure) was banned from the public for 10 days on Tuesday by Swiss authorities who did not reveal the reason until Thursday. It was. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced the site selection on Twitter.

The security team closed, turned traffic, put up signs for nearby parking lots, and installed double fences around the park. The Garden Crew is working on the care of the vast lawns and gardens that slope towards Lake Geneva.

Villa La Grande
Villa La Grange, along with a fountain in Parc de La Grange in Auviv, before the June 16 summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland. It is reflected. August 8, 2021. (Dennis Baribouz / Reuters)
Villa La Grande
Security guards outside Villa La Grange prior to the June 16 summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 4, 2021. (Denis Balibouse / Reuters)

The lawn and villa are bordered by tall trees, including over 200-year-old cedar, a comparison for the two leaders to meet on Wednesday at the end of Biden’s first diplomatic trip since taking office in January. We provide a discreet and lush venue. He was in England on Thursday.

According to the city’s website, the mansion hosted the Geneva Convention under the supervision of Henry Dunant, co-founder of the Red Cross, in 1864, and in 1969 Pope Paul VI hosted a mass in the park. 70,000 people gathered.

Donated to the city of Geneva in 1917, the villa is not normally open to the public, but is used as an official feature.

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