06 June, Geneva
Switzerland has announced that it will support for full membership of India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group as Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his visit to Geneva on a successful note.
The Prime Minister proceeded to Washington on the fourth leg of his five nation visit.
The Prime Minister held restricted talks with Switzerland President Johann Schneider Ammann followed by delegation level talks on a host of bilateral and multi lateral matters of mutual interest. In a joint statement, Schneider Ammann said they have promised India support in its efforts to become a member of NSG. Thanking the Swiss President for his support, Mr Modi said India will support Switzerland’s bids for a non-permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council-UNSC.
Emphasizing for much stronger economic ties with Switzerland, the Prime Minister pitched for more dedicated efforts in tackling with black money. The Swiss President said the two countries are making considerable progress in fighting tax fraud and evasion while Modi invited Switzerland to be a key partner in India’s economic growth.
A Swiss delegation will visit India soon to furthering the progress made so far on the issue and also information sharing. Besides, the Prime Minister held a round table meeting with the Swiss Business leaders asking them to enhance investments into India and also met a small group of young Indian scientists and students from -CERN on grassroots level innovations. The two countries also decided to building the Swiss Vocational and Educational Training System suited for India needs.
The official talks between India and Switzerland held after about half a century ripped fruit immediately. India managed to secure broad support for its bid for NSG membership by taking Switzerland onboard ahead of the key meeting of the NSG nations next week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his whirlwind visit to Geneva met Switzerland President Johann Schneider-Ammann today.
While extending support to the Alpine nation to get the United Nations Security Council membership, the Prime Minister gained clearance further for India in getting the NSG membership, as so far Switzerland and Mexico are only among the 48 NSG nations were opposing India a membership.
In the wake of raising concerns relating to the new GST and Intellectual Property Rights issues, the prime Minister also assured Swiss business leaders, who are long-time partners in the bilateral trade that ease of business in India is expanding and invited them to explore newer areas of investments like infrastructure.
On the Black money and sharing of information on tax evasion issues, the two countries have made it clear that there is some progress and a Swiss delegation which will come to India soon will take it further. The successful Swiss model of Vocational Training will be encouraged in India by setting up an institute on bilateral cooperation especially when the make in India programme is gaining momentum day by day.