Geneva (Switzerland): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached Geneva late last night on the third leg of his five-nation tour, on Monday issued a joint press statement with Switzerland President Johann Schneider-Ammann.
Beginning the press statement, PM Modi said, "I feel the weight of history in this truly international city. This is a city with a humanitarian soul. After all, it is the home of Red Cross."
PM Modi on economic links between India and Switzerland
"The economic links between our two countries are strong and vibrant. India and Switzerland have both been the voices of peace, understanding and humanitarian values in the world. We see a perfect connect between our development needs and Swiss strengths."
PM Modi woos investors in Geneva
I invite Swiss companies to be a key partner in India's economic growth. We are keen to welcome large number of Swiss visitors to India, and have opened facility of e-tourist visa for this," PM Modi said.
PM Modi on NSG membership
Seeking Switzerland's support for India's membership of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as it is a key member of the elite grouping, PM Modi thanked Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann for Switzerland's 'understanding and support' for India's bid.
Swiss Federation President Johan Schneider-Ammann during the joint statement said that Switzerland has promised India of support in its effort to become a member of NSG.
PM Modi on Black Money
Raising the issue of black money stashed by Indians in Swiss banks, PM Modi said, "We discussed need for an early and expeditious exchange of information to bring to justice the tax offenders. Early start to negotiations on the agreement on automatic exchange of information would be important in this respect."
PM Modi on bilateral ties
"Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann and I have agreed to build on the Swiss Vocational and Educational Training system suited to India's needs. Want Indian economy to be driven by smart and sustainable cities, robust farm sector, vibrant manufacturing and a dynamic service sector," PM Modi said.
PM Modi mentions Bollywood, Sania Mirza & Leander Paes
"Thanks to the Indian film industry, we are very familiar with the enchanting Swiss landscape. The successful Indo-Swiss collaborations include Martina Hingis partnering with our Sania Mirza and Leander Paes," Modi said.
Switzerland is the third stop on PM Narendra Modi's five-nation tour, who arrived in Geneva earlier today after a successful visit to Doha. Ahead of his five-nation tour, Modi had described Switzerland as India's key partner in Europe.
The hopes on the outcome of bilateral discussions are high as an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Switzerland for the first time on a state visit almost after five decades.