Modi meets Swiss President

With NSG, black money on agenda, Modi meets Swiss President

Geneva, June 6 (IANS) With the issues of black money and India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) high on the agenda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a meeting with Swiss President Johann Schneider-Amman.

“The meetings in Switzerland begin… President Schneider-Amman and PM Narendra Modi hold talks in Geneva,” The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

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Modi arrived in Switzerland from Qatar on Sunday night on the third leg of his five-nation tour.

Switzerland is an important member of the NSG and India is expected seek its support for membership in the group.

On the black money issue, India has been in touch with the Swiss government under the mandate of the double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA).

Monday’s discussions may also veer around renewable energy and vocational education, sectors Switzerland is strong in.

Modi will also hold a meeting with business leaders and interact with Indian researchers in this Swiss city on Monday.

Switzerland is India’s fifth largest trade partner and 11th largest investor.

After his engagements in Switzerland, the Prime Minister will proceed to the US later on Monday and on Wednesday to Mexico.

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