India has reduced differences with Mauritius on double tax agreement: Mukherjee

Onboard President's Aircraft, Mar.14 (ANI): Ending his three-day state visit to Mauritius, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that both countries were now a step closer to signing the Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), while stressing on India's willingness to invest in Mauritius.

Speaking to mediapersons onboard his plane while returning from Mauritius, Mukherjee said that after two rounds of meeting between the special committees of both nations, they have narrowed down their differences and can resolve them through dialogue.

"There have been two rounds of discussions. We have narrowed the area of divergence. Next meeting has been decided sometime in first week of April, and, I do hope it would be possible to resolve the issue, which would be beneficial and acceptable to both sides through dialogue," said Mukherjee.

India and Mauritius signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in sectors of health and medicine, tourism as well as increase cooperation on providing assistance to senior citizens and persons.

"During my talk with the leaders of Mauritius, I have assured them that whatever possible, India will try to help them in areas of investment as for the trade, and also specially in the areas of education, health, telecommunication. I have identified about eight-nine subjects where we can have good equation and good relations with Mauritius," Mukherjee added.

During his visit, Mukherjee also met Mauritius Prime Minister Navin C. Ramgoolam, Speaker of the National Assembly Abdool Razack Peeroo, Chief Justice Y K J Yeung Sik Yuen and Leader of the Opposition Paul Berenger.

Purryag also hosted a lunch in honour of Mukherjee, while the Prime Minister hosted a banquet. (ANI)

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