Modi in visit to Swe­den, Bri­tain

Co­op­er­a­tion in sec­tors such as trade and in­vest­ment to be dis­cussed

Gulf News - - India -

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi left for a five-day visit to Swe­den and the United King­dom yes­ter­day, where he will at­tend the Com­mon­wealth Heads of Gov­ern­ment Meet­ing (CHOGM).

Ahead of his visit, Modi said he was look­ing for­ward to deep­en­ing bi­lat­eral en­gage­ment with both the coun­tries in a num­ber of ar­eas in­clud­ing trade, in­vest­ment and clean en­ergy.

In the first leg of his visit, Modi will reach Swe­den’s cap­i­tal Stock­holm where he will hold ex­ten­sive talks with Prime Min­is­ter Ste­fan Lofven, be­sides at­tend­ing a In­dia-Nordic Sum­mit.

Talks today

“In­dia and Swe­den share warm and friendly ties. Our part­ner­ship is based on demo­cratic val­ues and com­mit­ment to an open, in­clu­sive and rule­based global or­der. Swe­den is a valu­able part­ner in our de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives,” Modi had said in a de­par­ture state­ment on Sun­day night.

The two prime ministers will hold bi­lat­eral talks today.

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

The prime min­is­ter said he would also call on King of Swe­den Carl XVI Gustaf.

In­dia and Swe­den will also jointly or­gan­ise the In­di­aNordic Sum­mit in Stock­holm today. The sum­mit is sched­uled to be at­tended by the Prime Ministers of Fin­land, Nor­way, Den­mark and Ice­land.

From Swe­den, Modi will later travel to the UK where he will also hold bi­lat­eral talks.

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