Switzerland, known for its foreign policy neutrality, has for the first time joined the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member after joining the UN in 2002. Switzerland ambassador to India, Ralf Heckner, tells Asit Ranjan Mishra in an interview that India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) grouping of Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway aim to accelerate the long-pending trade negotiations starting next month. Edited excerpts:
Switzerland is an invitee to the Finance Track during India’s ongoing G20 presidency and cryptocurrency is part of the agenda. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor has advocated banning it, cautioning it may create the next financial crisis. Where does Switzerland stand on cryptocurrencies?
Cryptocurrency was one of the