PM Narendra Modi And Swedish Counterpart Stefan Löfven Sign Agreements

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven received PM Modi at the airport while breaking his protocol to give a warm welcome to him.

This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years after the visit of Rajiv Gandhi in 1988. Swedish PM led a big delegation to the Mumbai summit in 2016, said PM Modi. The Prime Minister's meetings with several leaders may also prove beneficial for India. They carried the banners that read: "Welcome PM" and shouted slogans of "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and said they are feeling as if they are at home (India).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday landed in Stockholm, the national capital of Sweden on the first leg of his five-day foreign tour.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sweden for India-Nordic Summit, both the countries agreed to work on a deal for strengthening their relations in terms of defence co-operation.

The two sides agreed to enhance Indo-Swedish dialogue on defence cooperation and explore the finalisation of a bilateral agreement on exchange and mutual protection of classified information for cooperation in defence. They also possess stable governance and strong stance on environmental matters. He said the government was doing so with its flagship programmes like Make in India, Startup India and Digital India.

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Talking about the bilateral engagement between Prime Minister Modi and his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila, Rao stated that a high-level dialogue would be taking place to review and strengthen bilateral ties, with trade and investment as the key focus.

Earlier, ahead of his visit, PM Modi said in New Delhi he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both countries in a number of areas including trade, investment and clean energy. For example, Nordic countries have expertise in vocational education and clean technology; these are some areas of interest. The two countries also agreed to cooperate on renewable energy, urban transport and waste management, reported Reuters.

"Both Prime Ministers called for greater unity and stronger worldwide partnership to counter terrorism, disrupt terrorist networks and financing, and to prevent violent extremism", it stated. The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues, " Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a series of tweets. Modi...slogans at Stockholm Arland Airport.

On April 19-20, the prime minister will attend this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.

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