India, Sweden to strengthen defence, security cooperation

Marsha Scott
April 18, 2018

At the invitation of Prime Minister of India and PM Lofven, all other Nordic Prime Ministers, PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark, PM Juha Sipila of Finland, PM Katrin Jakobsdottir of Iceland and PM Erna Solberg of Norway, attended the Summit hosted on 17 April. "Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation", Modi said. The community event is scheduled to be held at the Stockholm University in the evening after which Prime Minister Modi will depart for London at around 8:30 p.m. (Sweden local time).

Prime Minister Modi also had an "excellent meeting" with his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila. He also undertook a short walk with his Swedish counterpart from Sogerska to Rosenbad. The two countries agreed to deepen their collaboration in the field of innovation through the strategic partnership.

"Defence cooperation is the biggest pillar in our relations".

"We have made a decision to strengthen relations as far as cyber security is concerned", the prime minister announced.

"Both Prime Ministers called for greater unity and stronger global partnership to counter terrorism, disrupt terrorist networks and financing, and to prevent violent extremism", it stated. "It is a proud moment for all Indians, to see vast co-operation from Sweden". Stating that people's perception of the way the government functions were changing, PM Modi said it was now easier to do business in India.

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"India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties". We also stressed on increasing co-operation in terms of innovations, investments and start-ups. This may be made easier by the agreement between London and New Delhi on swifter return of illegal Indian immigrants which had been a vexed issue repeatedly raised by the United Kingdom government.

Prime Minister Modi met Danish Premier Lars Lokke Rasmussen and held talks on renewing and enhancing cooperation.

"How do we cooperate further, how do we get our best and the brightest people together, how do we also perhaps think about funding certain areas, how do we go into areas where we can cooperate even more and develop new technologies, create employment and sustainable solutions on a number of issues", he said. "Sweden has been a major supporter in India's Make in India programme.PM Löfven had praised this agenda and had said that Sweden will help in whatever way possible during his last trip to India".

The two leaders had a "fruitful discussion on issues related to cooperation in innovation, trade & investment, culture and exchanged views on regional and multilateral cooperation at the delegation-level talks", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

The article also mentioned the increasing bilateral trade between the two countries, adding that it paved the path for increased growth.

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