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India – Switzerland bilateral relations

India – Switzerland bilateral relations


India and Switzerland have had cordial and friendly relations since India’s Independence, based on shared values of democracy and rule of law. India’s policy of non-alignment and Switzerland’s traditional policy of neutrality led to a close understanding between the two countries. Switzerland established diplomatic relations with India soon after Independence.

Switzerland  has  an  Embassy  in  New  Delhi  and  Consulate  Generals  in  Bengaluru  and  Mumbai;  it  also  has Honorary Consuls based in Kolkata and Chennai. There is a Swiss Business Hub in Mumbai, and a Swissnex office in Bangalore. The visa section of the Swiss Consulate in Mumbai, till February 2016 when it was closed and transferred to the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi, was issuing the maximum number of visas by any Swiss Consulate.

From 1971 to 1976, during and after Bangladesh’s struggle for Independence, Switzerland represented India’s interests in Pakistan.

Bilateral Visits

Narendra Modi visited Geneva in 2016 to strengthen the bilateral relations of the two countries. He raised the black money issue with Swiss Government and secured its support for the Indian claim to NSG membership which later Switzerland refuted and took a U-turn on India’s NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) bid.

Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind paid a State Visit to Switzerland from September 11-15, 2019 accompanied by MoS for Women and Child Development Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri, Members of Parliament  Dr. Ramapati Ram Tripathi and Shri Basanta Kumar Panda. President Kovind and Swiss President Ueli Maurer also made remarks at the India-Switzerland Business Round Table co-hosted by India and Switzerland on 13 September 2019 in Berne.

Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga, Vice President and Federal Councillor for Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of the Swiss Confederation paid a working visit to India from October 18-21, 2019 and held meetings with MOS (IC) for Power, New and Renewable Energy, Shri Ram Kumar Singh; Minister for Railways and, for Commerce and Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal; and Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs (I/C), Civil Aviation (I/C), Shri Hardeep Singh Puri. Ms. Sommaruga was accompanied by a large business delegation.

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