Looking ahead at boosting ties, PM leaves for Sweden, UK

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaving on his plane.  PTI

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi before embarking on three nation tour. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his five-day visit to Sweden, UK and Germany this evening. His three-nation visit aims at enhancing bilateral co-operation in key areas like trade, investments and Science & technology. Among the highlights of the tour, the Prime Minister will participate in the CHOGM at London.

On the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will attend the first ever India-Nordic Summit at Stockholm, which is being co-hosted by India and Sweden and is scheduled to be attended by the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

“India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order. Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives,” Modi said in a Facebook post.

Modi will also hold bilateral discussions with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven as well as the leaders of Nordic countries, including the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

“The Nordic countries have globally recognised strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernisation, cold-chains, skill development and innovation. Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India’s transformation,” Modi said.

After Sweden, the Prime Minister will head to London to take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on April 19 and 20.

In UK, he will also hold bilateral discussions with British Prime Minister, Theresa May during the visit.

“My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas of healthcare, innovation, digitisation, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi will also call on the monarch Queen Elizabeth II, interact briefly with CEOs of the two nations who are working on a new agenda of economic partnership, launch an Ayurveda Centre of Excellence in London. He will also welcome the UK into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

On his way back the Prime Minister will have a brief stopover in Berlin on April 20th, where he is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

(With inputs from Agencies)