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

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today embark on a five-day visit to Sweden and the United Kingdom with an aim to boost bilateral cooperation in key areas, including trade and investment. He will meet Tuesday with the prime ministers of Nordic nations for the first India-Nordic Summit.

Modi will be in London on 18 April, where he is also scheduled to make a globally televised address.

The meeting gains significance as it comes in the backdrop of Britain's decision to exit the European Union.

In the first leg of his visit, Modi will reach Swedens capital Stockholm where he will hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, besides attending a India-Nordic Summit.

An Indian said, "I was travelling in the metro and a Swedish asked which country am I from, I said I am from India and so he said oh! you are from Modi's country and it made me really proud". Modi even added that we have to strengthen our social values along with the law and order in the country. On Sunday, the PM said the visit would help deepen bilateral ties with both the countries. According to figures provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the trade of India with the Nordic countries amounted to about 5, 300 million dollars in 2016-2017, with a cumulative foreign direct investment in the Southeast Asian country of 2, 500 million dollars.

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Following his meeting with Theresa May, the prime minister will head to the Science Museum in London to visit the "5000 Years of Science and Innovation" exhibition and interact with Indian-origin and other scientists and innovators based in the UK.

On the sidelines of the "unprecedented" welcome, PM Modi will also be greeted with some protests at Parliament Square on Wednesday afternoon, being spearheaded by Pakistani-origin peer, Lord Ahmed, and bringing together UK-based Kashmiri and Sikh groups. He will also meet Indian-origin scientists working on cancer research, malaria and other tropical diseases before going in to the India-UK CEOs Forum.

During his United Kingdom visit, Modi would also call on the Queen, interact briefly with CEOs of the two countries, inaugurate an Ayurveda Centre of Excellence in London, and welcome the United Kingdom into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

"The Commonwealth is a unique multilateral grouping that not only provides useful assistance to its developing country members, particularly the small states and small-island developing states, but also has a strong worldwide voice for development issues", Modi said.

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