Swiss President to visit India from Monday

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New Delhi, Nov 1 (UNI) Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey will arrive here on Monday on a four-day State visit to India to boost bilateral relations in areas including energy, climate change, Science and Technology, trade and investment.

Announcing the visit, the Swiss embassy here today said Ms Calmy-Rey, who is also the country's Foreign Minister, will have talks with President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will also call on her.

She will also participate in the inauguration of the International Conference on Federalism.

She will also travel to Hyderabad and visit a micro-finance project there.

''Switzerland has maintained long-standing friendly relations with India,'' a release issued by the Embassy said.

Switzerland was the first country with whom India signed a Friendship Treaty after getting independence. A series of projects and events have been planned for next year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty.

''Switzerland has been present in India with a programme on cooperation and development since 1961. This programme will be re-structured by 2010 and focussed towards a cooperation primarily concerned with the fields of energy, climate change and science and technology,'' the embassy said.


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