Modi - Lofven talks of defence and security

Glen Mclaughlin
April 19, 2018

Later on Tuesday, Modi will hold a bilateral summit with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a short walk with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Lofven from Sager House to Rosenbad, in Stockholm. The Summit emphasized the India's strong commitment to innovation and digital initiatives as key to prosperity and sustainable development, with national flagship programmes such as Make in India, Start-up India, Digital India and Clean India. Carsten Gronblad, Sweden's trade commissioner to India, said around 30 CEOs or representatives of firms participated in the meeting. I believe that the most important topic in our talks was how Sweden can have a win-win partnership with India on the opportunities arising out of India's development. They acknowledged that innovation and digital transformation drive growth in an interconnected world, which underpin a growing engagement between India and the Nordic countries.

"Sweden has been partner of India in defence sector for a long time". I am confident that in this sector, especially in the defence production sector, there will be new opportunities for cooperation in future. "We have been closely cooperating on the global platform and this will continue".

On his part, Swedish Prime Minister Lofven lauded India as "global power" and said the two countries are a "perfect match". India also credited Scandinavian Nations for initiating environmental solutions, port modernisation, cold chain, skill development, innovation among other areas.

While the premiers discussed bilateral and regional issues, the two sides also signed a Joint Innovative Partnership and exchanged an Action Plan, reported ANI.

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The Indo-Swedish Joint Commission on Scientific and Economic Affairs, Foreign Office Consultations and other relevant bilateral fora and Joint Working Groups will oversee the implementation of this Action Plan.

The partnership covers several areas, including smart cities, transportation and eMobility, energy, clean technologies, new materials, space, circular and bio-based economy, and health and life sciences.

On 17 April, Prime Minister had an audience with His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. The last visit to Sweden was by Rajiv Gandhi in 1988. On Wednesday he arrived in London where he would hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May and attend this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

On 20 April, the PM will fly to Germany where he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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