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A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Black money: Switzerland promises cooperation to India at WEF

Swiss minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf assured Arun Jaitley of full cooperation on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meet

Davos: Switzerland on Wednesday assured India of full cooperation on tax information exchange and agreed to discuss the issue of black money stashed in Swiss banks.

This assurance was given during a meeting finance minister Arun Jaitley had with his Swiss counterpart Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf on Wednesday night on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet.

“We had an excellent meeting. There are opportunities for a lot of cooperation with India," Widmer-Schlumpf told PTI after her meeting with Jaitley. When asked about specific details on discussions around black money issue, she said both sides have agreed to carry forward the talks.

“We have agreed to carry forward the talks and cooperation. Everything cannot be disclosed publicly but we had an excellent meeting," she said. Earlier in the day, Jaitley said he would discuss the issue of black money with his Swiss counterpart.

India has been making all efforts to bring back unaccounted money stashed by its citizens in foreign jurisdictions, especially Switzerland. The meeting happened at the “Make In India" lounge and they were served Darjeeling tea. PTI

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