PM arrives in Stockholm to co-host first ever India-Nordic Summit


"It is a historic visit by the Prime Minister of India, it is happening after a gap of 30 years".

Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Sweden since Rajiv Gandhi's visit in 1988.

PM Modi will then head for his audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace before the Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath diaspora event to be telecast live from an as-yet undisclosed iconic central London venue on Wednesday evening.

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Sweden has supported India's key "Make-in-India" manufacturing summit with Löfven leading a delegation of Swedish industry leaders to the launch of Make India in Mumbai in 2016. The PMs of all five nations will attend, and Modi is expected to have bilateral talks with all of them on the sidelines of the summit.

Prime minister, we write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilisational values - but to express our rage. Later on, Tuesday Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to meet King of Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf in the morning followed by a walk with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven from Sogerska to Rosenbad.

In the United Kingdom, the prime minister will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), besides exploring ways to further deepen ties between the two countries, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier said.

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From Sweden, PM Modi will leave for Britain where he will hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May on April 18. The Nordic countries have globally recognised strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernisation, cold-chains, skill development and innovation.

However, some members of the Indian community have said that this time, there will be a "strong counter-protest" by pro-India groups to welcome Modi.

My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. The India-UK CEOs Forum will also take place during this visit. Mr Modi said, he will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas healthcare, innovation, digitization, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security.

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Apart from these two nations, he will also visit Germany on April 20 briefly. On April 19 and on April 20, I will also participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the United Kingdom which will take over as the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth from Malta.