PM Narendra Modi in Sweden for first bilateral visit in 30 years

The Prime Minister's visit to the state coincides with the birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived here in the capital of Sweden, the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years. Apart from Modi, his counterparts of Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland leaders will also take part in the summit.

The Joint Action Plan aims to deepen collaboration between the two countries in smart, sustainable and renewable energy, women's skills development and empowerment, space and science, and health and life sciences.

Mr. Modi has also been reluctant to talk about a rape accusation against a state lawmaker from his party in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, which is governed by the B.J.P. "When it comes to trade and investment, we will speak to CEOs and take a decision", PM Modi added.

"Be it Africa or small Pacific countries, or ASEAN or Europe or Asia, all of them are looking at India as a trusted friend", he said.

Prime Minister Modi particularly highlighted the importance India attaches to the cooperation in defence sector.

Pakistan-administered Kashmir prime minister said that he had reached London especially to show solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir by confronting Modi on atrocities against Kashmiris under his watch.

India and Sweden on Tuesday announced the adoption of the Joint Action Plan aimed at implementing the joint innovation partnership between them. Modi talked about Sweden's contribution to the Make in India programme, and recalled that Loven had been present with a big business delegation at one such event in Mumbai in 2016.

He called on King Gustaf and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors. Prime Minister Löfven welcomed India's recent accession to the global export control regimes, including to Australia Group (AG), Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC), and expressed support for India's membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG).

After lunch with Lofven on Tuesday, Modi will meet with the five Nordic prime ministers for the first India-Nordic Summit.

And after that, he is slated to attend this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London to be held on April 19-20.

"Prime Minister we have to make sure that this stuff stops and India is now safe for woman and children", said an Indian-American girl whose video has been shared on Twitter.

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