India and Switzerland on 6 October inked three agreements on mutual visa waiver, plan for dependents of consular and diplomatic mission to obtain employment and return of illegal migrants.
These agreements were signed when Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, and Simonetta Sommaruga, Swiss Confederation’s visiting Minister for Justice and Police, met in New Delhi.
The meeting saw Rajnath Singh propose establishing training facilities for Indian police officers in Switzerland police academies and other training institutes in cyber forensics and anti-hijacking fields, among others.
He was quoted by the Indo-Asian News Service as saying that India was looking forward to cooperating with the Swiss country on the matter of sharing tax information as black money was the major corruption issue, which needs to be addressed.
A more liberal visa regime was sought for Indian businesspersons by Rajnath Singh, who said that India has been extending multi-year, multiple entry visas to business houses from Switzerland businesses with intent to boost trade and investment bilaterally.
They also discussed about other matters such as joint efforts in transfer of convicted, accused persons and reciprocal legal assistance pact in criminal issues that would help in countering international organised crimes, terrorism, and corruption, including money siphoning.
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