Prime Minister Narendra Modi managed to secure Switzerland’s support for India’s bid for entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as he met with President Johann Schneider-Ammann on Monday in the Alpine nation.
“We have promised India support in its efforts to become a member of NSG,” Schneider-Ammann said at a press briefing following a joint statement by the two countries.
Thanking the President for his support, Modi said India will support Switzerland’s bids for a non-permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council.
Despite China’s opposition, India has been vying for a membership to the 48-member NSG that will enable it to trade nuclear weapons with friendly nations subject to non-proliferation rules. It will also help the country further its clean energy plans. For a new nation to join, all member countries need to agree.
At a joint press briefing in Geneva, Modi also pitched for stronger economic ties with the country, and for more dedicated efforts in tackling with black money.
“India and Switzerland (are) making considerable progress in fighting tax fraud and evasion,” the Swiss president said as Modi invited them to be a “key partner in India’s economic growth”.
“Combating the menace of black money and tax evasion is also our shared priority,” the PM said.
Bringing black money stowed overseas back to India was a key poll promise Modi gained popularity for and eventually helped him sweep to power in the 2014 general assembly elections. The ruling BJP however has yet to make good on it, and has opened them to strong criticism from opposition parties.
Modi arrived in Geneva early Monday from Qatari capital Doha on the third leg of his five-nation tour that also takes him to the US and Mexico.