Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

PM Narendra Modi to begin his Sweden, UK visit today

PM Narendra Modi to begin his Sweden, UK visit today

Besides Modi, prime ministers of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland will attend the summit. A day before leaving for Sweden, PM Modi had said that the visit would help deepen bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Ambassador further described PM Modi's visit to Sweden as "historic".

India and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm tomorrow.

As hundreds of protestors marched in various cities on Sunday evening to seek action against the accused in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, 49 former civil servants have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible "more than anyone else" for the "terrifying state of affairs" in the country.

Modi in Sweden LIVE Updates: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven received Modi at the airport.

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.

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In the first leg of his visit, Modi will travel to Sweden's capital Stockholm where he will hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, besides attending a India-Nordic Summit. Modi would also call on Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf during his visit. The Nordic countries have globally recognized strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernization, cold-chains, skill development and innovation. Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation, "the PM said". The India-UK CEOs Forum will also take place during this visit.

Earlier, he visited the United Kingdom in November 2015.

Calling the two points "a moment of existential crisis, a turning point", the letter suggested that the government's response will determine if the nation will overcome the crisis.

"I am confident that these visits to Sweden and United Kingdom will be useful in enhancing our engagement with these countries", Modi said prior to his visit to Sweden.

"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, "the PM said". The meetings of the Commonwealth Heads of Government usually take place every two years and serve to shape the organisation's agenda for the next two years.The CHOGM is a multilateral organisation known for its focus on the development issues that confront the Small States and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), many of whom have deep historical and bilateral ties with India.

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