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'Double taxation treaty, sharing tax info on table'

world Updated: Oct 01, 2011 01:27 IST
Vijay Jung Thapa

President Pratibha Patil on Friday said her visit to Switzerland would touch upon the amended double taxation avoidance treaty and the modalities of sharing tax information with India.

"It is an important issue and it will figure in the upcoming bilateral talks," Patil confirmed.

The President is on a eight-day visit to Switzerland and Austria.

The President will hold talks with her Swiss counterpart President Calmy Rey and other members of the Federal Council of Switzerland.

Among the more significant issues on the table would be the need to elevate bilateral relationships between the two countries to the level of a privileged partnership.

Interestingly, her visit to Switzerland also includes a visit to the world-famous European Council for Nuclear Research, otherwise known as CERN.

Patil would be in Switzerland till October 4 and then will travel to Austria for a state visit from October 4 to 7.

The President will be accompanied by a 45-member business delegation led by former Ficci president and chairman of Modi Enterprises KK Modi, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Shukla, Members of Parliament Vijay Jawaharlal Darda, Prataprao Ganpatrao Jadhav, and Chinta Mohan.

In Switzerland, the President will pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 in Geneva.

The President will also unveil a bust of Rabindranath Tagore at the University of Lausanne on October 4.

An MoU is expected to be signed between the University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations on setting up of chair on Indian studies.

(With PTI inputs)