Swedish Leader of Opposition calls on Modi

Katrina Barker
April 18, 2018

"Series of bilateral meetings with leaders of Nordic countries begin on the sidelines of India-Nordic Summit!"

Mr Lofven and Mr Modi interacted with the top Swedish Business leaders on the occasion.

PM Narendra Modi arrived in Stockholm on a first bilateral visit scripting history as an Indian PM in 30 years received a warm and personal welcome by Swedish PM to participate in the first ever India-Nordic Summit. Prime Minister Modi is further scheduled to take part in the Sweden-India business day.

The leaders noted that the unique strengths of India and the Nordic countries offer enormous opportunities for trade and investment diversification and mutually beneficial collaboration, the statement said. "I am confident that new opportunities for cooperation in this sector will arise in the future, especially in defence production", he said.

Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Stockholm University here, Modi said earlier removing poverty was limited to just words and slogans, but his government was committed to poverty alleviation and was using empowerment as a tool to achieve its goal.

PM Modi and Swedish PM Stefan Lofven enjoyed a brief walk from Sager House to Rosenbad in Stockholm. "When it comes to trade and investment, we will speak to CEOs and take a decision", PM Modi added.

The forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi's visit to the UK will focus on enhancing India-UK tech partnership. Leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors.

Infusing new energy into their bilateral relations, Mr. Modi and Mr. Lofven held fruitful discussion on issues related to cooperation in innovation, trade and investment and culture.

The two sides have agreed to an innovative partnership and a Joint Action Plan, the Prime Minister said. "Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives", Modi had said in a departure statement.

Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Löfven for Sweden's support to India's candidature for non-permanent membership of United Nations Security Council (2021-22) and for Sweden's support to India's permanent membership of a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order.

Prime Minister Modi will also attend the India-Nordic Summit and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sweden.

"This is my first visit to Sweden and a visit by an Indian PM after a gap of almost 30 years, " Mr. Modi tweeted soon after arriving in Stockholm.

On his return journey from Britain on April 20, he will stop in Germany to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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