Swiss President Alain Berset welcoming Modi with a warm-handshake is a tell-all tale

Davos, Jan 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Swiss President Alain Berset in Davos and discussed ways to deepen bilateral ties on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual summit.
    
"On reaching Davos, held talks with the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr @alain_berset. We reviewed the scope of our bilateral cooperation and discussed ways to deepen it even further," Modi said in a tweet.
    
Berset said the discussions marked the meeting of the biggest and the oldest democracies in the world.
    
Thanking Modi, the Swiss President said he would continue to strengthen "our relations" with India.
    
"First engagement in snowing #Davos, PM @narendramodi met with Swiss President @alain_berset. Two leaders had productive discussions on steps to further deepen our bilateral cooperation built upon our shared values of democracy and diversity. #IndiaMeansBusiness," an external affairs ministry spokesperson said in a tweet.
    
Sources said the two leaders are also believed to have discussed the progress on automatic exchange of tax information. A legislation in this regard was passed by the Swiss Parliament, following which banks and financial
institutions have begun collecting data for the first exchange that is to begin from next year.
    
Negotiations on EFTA (European Free Trade Association) trade pact and the bilateral investment protection agreement were also discussed, among various business and trade matters, they added.

PTI