GENEVA (AP) – The Swiss Foreign Ministry has said that an 18th-century mansion in the middle of a public park overlooking the lake will host the summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva the next week.
Parc de la Grange in Geneva, which includes Villa La Grange as its central structure, was closed to the public for 10 days on Tuesday by Swiss authorities, who did not specify the reason until Thursday. The ministry announced the selection of the site on its Twitter account.
Security teams erected signs to indicate the closure, redirected traffic and nearby parking, and installed double fencing around the park. The gardening teams worked to beautify the vast lawns and gardens sloping towards Lake Geneva.
The lawns and villa are lined with tall trees – including cedars over 200 years old – providing a relatively low-key and lush location for the two leaders’ meeting on Wednesday at the end of Biden’s first diplomatic trip abroad since quitting. ‘he became president in January. . He was in Britain on Thursday.
The estate hosted a Geneva convention overseen by Henri Dunant, co-founder of the Red Cross, in 1864, and Pope Pius VI held a mass in the park in 1969 that drew around 70,000 people, according to the site. City web.
Given to the Geneva municipality in 1917, the villa is not normally open to the public but is used for official functions.