Stockholm: Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is on his Sweden visit. Prime Minister Modi underlined the importance of Indo-Swedish relations while addressing a joint press conference after the bilateral meeting with the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven. Prime Minister Modi said that Sweden was helping the ‘Make in India’ initiative. He also met the Heads of States who are in Sweden for the India-Nordic summit being held there.
Former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi had visited Sweden in 1988. Prime Minister Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit Sweden ever since. Drawing attention to this fact, Prime Minister Modi said that this visit becomes historic because of many reasons. While addressing the joint press conference with Prime Minister Lofven, he also endorsed the fact that Sweden is making substantial contribution for the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government. Similarly, Prime Minister Modi pointed out that Sweden and India have mutual cooperation in the renewable energy, urban transport, trade and investment sectors.
India and Sweden have taken a decision to strengthen the defence and security related cooperation. This includes the decisions for manufacture of defence equipment and working jointly on the cyber-security, said Prime Minister Modi. At the same time, the Swedish Prime Minister praised the Indian efforts of giving necessary impetus to research and to achieve progress and prosperity through this route. The Indian Foreign Ministry has informed that the discussion between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Lofven also included topics related to regional issues other than the bilateral ones. The Indian Prime Minister also met with the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf and had bilateral talks. There are reports of the Prime Minister having discussions with the Nordic Heads of States.
After his Sweden visit, Prime Minister Modi will be visiting the UK. There are a lot of media reports about the preparations in the UK for his welcome and it is claimed that he will receive a grand welcome setting aside even the regular protocol. The former and serving diplomats are expressing the expectations that the UK has from India. The Indian Deputy High commissioner to UK, Dinesh Patnaik had recently spoken of the British expectation that India, a member of the commonwealth, should assume a more extensive role.