India-Sweden defence and security links
During Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sweden from 16 April, a number of defence and security cooperation matters were reportedly discussed, with a strategic innovation partnership plan announced. PM Modi had several meetings with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven, the media reporting a “win-win” outcome, it being noted that defence and security cooperation remained a “key pillar” in the bilateral ties. The Indian PM has invited top Swedish firms to invest in India which is “a very strategic market”. Although, there was no official word on Sweden’s interest in offering the Gripen multirole fighter to meet the Indian Air Force’s requirement, this matter was reportedly part of the discussions.