Black money: Germany-India share substantial info

Germany is sharing "substantial" information with India on black money stashed overseas and will continue to do so, the country`s Ambassador said.

New Delhi: Germany is sharing "substantial"
information with India on black money stashed overseas and
will continue to do so, the country`s Ambassador said on Friday.
"Yes. We are doing that. Very substantial kind of
information (we are sharing it with India). We are already
doing it," German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek told
reporters here in response to a volley of questions on the
black money issue.

However, he refused to elaborate on the sharing of
information saying it was "too technical issue" for him
comment.

Matussek said both countries are satisfied with the
progress being made in this regard.

"I can say that soon we hope to come to a satisfactory
conclusion (on the issue)," he said on the sidelines of an
event.
To repeated questions whether Germany is sharing with
India the names of those Indians who have accounts abroad, he
said: "I don`t have it. I don`t have the names of the account
holders and I don`t have the account numbers."

On the Indian Air Force`s MMRCA deal, for which
Eurofighter Typhoon, built by four nations including Germany
has been short-listed, he described India as an "anchor of
stability" in the region and said that was why Germany was
giving it the best technology it possesses.

Asked whether the ties between India and Germany would be
affected if the Eurofighter does not get shortlisted, he said,
"We don`t take this hypothesis. We will work very very hard to
show that our product is a very good product. So we are not
talking about Plan B. We are concentrating on Plan A."

PTI

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