Swiss back India’s bid for nuclear group membership

"I am thankful to the President for Switzerland’s understanding and support for India’s membership of the NSG"

Updated - November 17, 2021 05:03 am IST

Published - June 06, 2016 03:53 pm IST - Geneva

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Switzerland President Johann Schneider-Ammann in Geneva on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Switzerland President Johann Schneider-Ammann in Geneva on Monday.

India, on Monday, got the backing of Switzerland in its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) ahead of the group’s crucial meeting. The two countries also resolved to strengthen cooperation in combating tax evasion and black money.

Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann announced his country’s support to India’s membership in the 48-member grouping after holding comprehensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Agreeing to expand cooperation in tackling the problem of Indians stashing away unaccounted money in Swiss banks, the two leaders also had talks on stepping up ties in areas of trade, investment and vocational training.

“We have promised India support in its efforts to become a member of NSG,” Schneider-Ammann said at a joint media interaction.

India has been pushing for membership of the bloc for last few years and had formally moved its application on May 12. The grouping will take up India’s application in its plenary meetings on June 9 in Vienna and June 24 in Seoul.

“I am thankful to the President for Switzerland’s understanding and support for India’s membership of the NSG,” Mr. Modi said.

The NSG looks after critical issues relating to the nuclear sector and its membership will help India expand its atomic energy sector.

Mr. Modi also said combating the menace of black money and tax evasion was “shared priority” for both the countries. “We discussed the need for an early and expeditious exchange of information to bring to justice the tax offenders. An early start to negotiations on the agreement on the automatic exchange of information would be important in this respect.”

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