Switzerland Lands Support To India’s Bid For NSG Membership

New Delhi: India today got a shot in arm for its bid for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group after Switzerland announced its support for New Delhi’ into the 48-member strong cartel that controls the nuclear trade.

The announcement was made in a joint statement issued after the bilateral talks between visiting Swiss President Doris Leuthard and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Switzerland welcomed India’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and welcomed India’s intensified engagement with the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement, expressing its support for India’s Accession to these regimes,” the statement said.

Support from Switzerland is crucial for India, as the tiny European nation had been hesitant in siding with those who are not the signatory to the NPT, which is a prerequisite for getting entry into the NSG.

Both the sides also sign two important pact in the field of cooperation in the railways.

A Memorandum of Understanding was inked between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications of the Swiss Confederation on technical cooperation in the rail sector

Another MOR was inked between Konkan Railway Cooperation Limited (KRCL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich).

Mrs. Doris Leuthard, is currently on a four-day State Visit to India from 30 August.
In light of the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Swiss-Indian Friendship Treaty, Prime Minister Modi and President Leuthard resolved to strengthen the two country’s close, broad and longstanding friendship. They reiterated their commitment to democracy, rule of law, free trade, respect of human rights, pluralism and rule-based international order and agreed that the Swiss-Indian Friendship Treaty has strengthened bilateral relations by further enhancing trust and mutual respect.

Both leaders acknowledged the need for deepening and expanding bilateral ties through exchanges at various levels. They further agreed to continue with regular political consultations at official level between the two Foreign Ministries for exchanging views on major bilateral, global and regional issues of mutual interest.

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