Switzerland asks India to explain position on Nuke deal

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New Delhi, Nov 7 (UNI) Switzerland, a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG), has asked India to send an expert to that country to explain New Delhi's position on the Indo-US Nuclear deal, Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey said here today.

The Swiss President, currently on a four-day State visit to India, also said her government would decide at a meeting next week whether to continue arms exports to Pakistan in view of the evolving situation in that country.

The statement is significant as the spokesman for the Swiss Foreign Ministry had recently said that the Swiss government had not changed the green light regarding the sale to red, but was monitoring the situation and could change its decision accordingly.

Mrs Calmy-Rey, who held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here today, said Switzerland had advised its nationals against visiting Pakistan at present.

''...Next we will discuss weapons exports to Pakistan,'' she said while addressing a press conference after holding talks with the Prime Minister.

However, no 'Joint Statement' or 'Joint Declaration' was issued after the talks.

Asked about her country's stand on the Indo-US nuclear issue, she said during discussions with Indian leaders, she had impressed upon the need for sending an expert to Switzerland to explain India's position. India had agreed to send an expert.

Switzerland is on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) and a member of the NSG.

The Swiss President, who arrived here on Monday on a four-day State visit, met President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition L K Advani earlier during the day and discussed with them bilateral relations and regional and international situation.

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