70 Years of Swiss-Indian Friendship: Connecting Minds – Inspiring the Future

The Embassy of Switzerland is happy to present an event series celebrating 70 years of Swiss-Indian Friendship. The biennial initiative 70 Years of Swiss-Indian Friendship: Connecting Minds - Inspiring the Future (SIF70) commemorates the anniversary of the Swiss-Indian Treaty of Friendship, which was signed in New Delhi on August 14, 1948.

70 Years of Swiss-Indian Friendship | © Embassy of Switzerland in India

With this initiative, the Swiss diplomatic network in India is connecting Swiss and Indian minds that are actively shaping the future of both countries. The focus lies on creating opportunities for innovation in business, research and technology, but also in the fields of governance, art or social inclusion. Events and activities will take place in various cities across India to showcase this important landmark until the end of 2018. By consulting our website and following us on Facebook, you will be regularly informed about upcoming events. Agenda | Facebook

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Armin Daeniker, Switzerland’s first envoy to India, and Prime Minister Nehru were the signatories of the Treaty of Friendship. They are present at a diplomatic reception together with Mr. Daeniker's wife Martha | © Daniel Daeniker

Upon India’s independence, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru chose Switzerland for its neutrality to be one of the first countries with which to start diplomatic relations. Switzerland did not hesitate to accept the offer since India opened up new horizons and business opportunities. The Treaty of Friendship spells out a pledge for peace and friendship between the two countries, followed by the right of each party to set up diplomatic representations. It also fixes the right of either country’s citizens of taking up residence and exercising professional and commercial activities. Prime Minister Nehru himself visited Switzerland for the ratification process of the Swiss Parliament in May 1949.

Treaty of Friendship (PDF, Number of pages 3, 186.4 kB)