Economics Minister Doris Leuthard says progress has been made in many areas as a result of her five-day business delegation visit to India.This content was published on May 4, 2008 - 17:32
Speaking in Mumbai on Saturday at the end of her trip, Leuthard said Switzerland had moved closer to sealing a free trade agreement with India, with a first round of negotiations planned for June in Geneva.
The three other members of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) – Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein – will also be at the talks. Leuthard said the treaty should be signed within a year.
Bern had also been seeking to boost ties with India on a broad range of other issues including science, education, research and the environment.
Leuthard's trip was the third official visit by a Swiss government minister to the subcontinent over the past nine months and marked the 60th anniversary of the signature of a Friendship Treaty with independent India.
On Friday Leuthard sets off for China.
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