PM Modi hopeful of fruitful visit to Sweden and UK

PM Modi hopeful of fruitful visit to Sweden and UK

Business and trade is high on agenda when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the Prime Minister of Sweden and other Nordic leaders in Stockholm. Prime Ministers of all the Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - will also attend the summit. However, officials have said India is likely to use the platform to push its message against terrorism and the support it receives.

PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and meet the country's monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf. He said, the partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order. On 18th April 2018, I will be in London on the invitation of Prime Minister Theresa May. It will be only the second time that all five Nordic countries will have a summit with one country, the only other time was with the United States during Barack Obama's term.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Indian diaspora outside a hotel in Sweden minutes after arriving in the country to embark on his two-day visit as part of the Indo-Nordic summit. Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives. He also asked the human rights organizations and as well as Kashmiris based in UK to largely participate in protest during the upcoming Modi's visit to the kingdom. I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas of healthcare, innovation, digitisation, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security.

Modi said he would also call on the Queen, interact briefly with CEOs of the two nations who are working on a new agenda of economic partnership, launch an Ayurveda Centre of Excellence in London, and welcome the United Kingdom into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

They are demanding answers from Prime Minister Modi about how and why BJP ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government were standing in support of the rapists of Kathua, and why BJP MLA accused in gang rape case in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh was shielded for so long. He will also focus on meeting the heads of state of number of small island nations from across the globe who will attend the CHOGM, which is being held on April 19 and 20.

PM Modi will reach Stockholm on April 16 evening in what will be the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years since the visit of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1988.

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