Highlights: India, Sweden to strengthen defence cooperation, says PM Modi
India and Sweden will co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit on Tuesday. Follow live updates here:india Updated: Apr 17, 2018 23:49 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on arrived late Monday night in the capital of Sweden, the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven received Modi at the airport. This is the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years.
Modi is 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).
Here are the live updates:
10:00pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets leaders of Nordic countries, in Stockholm.
6pm: Prime Minister Modi, along with Sweden’s PM Stefan Löfven, met children of Indian diaspora in Stockholm.
5.30pm: India and Sweden have agreed to strengthen defence and security cooperation, reports PTI news agency.
5.25pm: India and Sweden to work on a security agreement, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven says after talks with PM Narendra Modi.
5.10pm: India and Sweden have agreed on an innovation partnership and a joint action plan: PM Modi.
5.09pm: Sweden has been a strong contributor in India’s Make in India campaign. Swedish PM led a big delegation to the Mumbai summit in 2016, says PM Modi.
5.08pm: This is my first visit to Sweden and a visit by an Indian PM after a gap of nearly 30 years: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Stockholm
5.07pm: I would like to commend the Indian govt and its strong focus on innovation as a key to progress and prosperity: Swedish PM Stefan Lofven.
5.05pm: PM Narendra Modi and his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven issue press statements in Stockholm.
4.56pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Swedish counterpart Stefan Löfven witness signing and exchange of Joint Innovation Partnership and announcement of adoption of the Joint Action Plan: ANI
3.23pm: The ministry of external affairs said that PM Modi and PM Lofven had a productive exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues.
2.45pm: PM meets Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm.
2.16pm: PM Modi meets Carl XVI Gustaf(King of Sweden) in Stockholm and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors.
7.30am: PM Modi met the Indian diaspora, including students from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, outside a hotel minutes after arriving in the country.
7:15am: PM Modi arrived in Stockholm and thanked Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for the warm welcome at the airport.
Scripting history! PM @narendramodi arrives in Stockholm on a first bilateral visit by an Indian PM in 30 years to a warm and personal welcome by @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven at the airport and to participate in the first ever India-Nordic Summit. pic.twitter.com/leAsRMGKT3— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 16, 2018
PM Modi’s itinerary in Sweden: The prime minister will hold bilateral talks with his Swedish counterpart on Tuesday. Modi said he and Lofven would also 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 on Tuesday co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit, where, apart from Modi and Lofven, the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will also be present. Modi will hold separate bilateral meetings with the leaders of the other four Nordic countries on the sidelines of the summit.
The prime minister said he would also call on King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.
(With agency inputs)