PM Narendra Modi meets Swedish counterpart, discusses bilateral cooperation

Apr 17, 2018, 15:57 IST | Mid-day online desk

"A relationship that has grown in intensity over the years and has a huge potential! PM @narendramodi met with @SwedishPM Stefan Lofven," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said

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On the first day of a two-day visit to the Indo-Nordic summit in Sweden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had a "productive exchange" of views on bilateral talks and regional issues with his Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

"A relationship that has grown in intensity over the years and has a huge potential! PM @narendramodi met with @SwedishPM Stefan Lofven," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Kumar said the two leaders had a "productive exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues."

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi called on King Gustaf and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors. Modi arrived in the capital of Sweden on Monday, the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years.

Swedish Prime Minister Lofven received Modi at the airport last night. the Two leaders traveled together in the same vehicle from the airport to the hotel. Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with leaders of four other Nordic nations - Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.

"10 engagements in 10 hours- a hectic day begins for PM @narendramodi in Stockholm! Call on King of Sweden, bilateral meeting with @SwedishPM & 4 Nordic countries' leaders, roundtable meeting with Swedish CEOs, call by Leader of Opposition, India-Nordic Summit, and Community event," Kumar tweeted.

Modi is here on the first leg of his five-day foreign tour which will also take him to the UK where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Ahead of his visit, Modi said in New Delhi that he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both countries in a number of areas including trade, investment, and clean energy.

Modi had said he and Lofven would interact with top business leaders of both countries and chart out a future roadmap of cooperation in sectors such as trade and investment, science and technology, clean energy and smart cities.

India and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on Tuesday. The summit will also be attended by the prime ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

From Sweden, Modi will tonight travel to the UK where he will attend the CHOGM, besides holding bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.

He will also have a brief stopover in Berlin, Germany, on April 20 while on his way back home.

Also Read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Meets Indian Diaspora In Sweden

Edited by mid-day online desk, with inputs from PTI

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