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Indian PM Modi to visit Sweden, Britain

17 April 2018

Continuing with his focus in connection with the Indian diaspora, Prime Minister Modi is also set to deliver a speech at the end of the visit.

This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years after the visit of Rajiv Gandhi in 1988.

PM Modi will then head for his audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace before the Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath diaspora event to be telecast live from an as-yet undisclosed iconic central London venue on Wednesday evening. According to Sweden's Ambassador to India Klas Molin, innovation is an important aspect of the India-Sweden relationship. Prime Minister Modi was received by his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven at the Stolkhome Arlanda airport. "A visit with a rich bilateral & multilateral content in the form of meetings with other leaders & participation at two multilateral meetings (India-Nordic & Commonwealth Summits)", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

As thousands of people from across the country take to street to express outrage over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, a group of 49 retired civil servants wrote a strong-worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible for what they called a "terrifying state of affairs". "This is welcome. The question Prime Minister, is, When, and How?"

On the second leg of his three-nation visit, Prime Minister Modi will reach London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, besides exploring ways to further deepen ties between the two countries. The India-Nordic Summit which will be taking place on Tuesday will be attended by the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. "Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation", Modi said. Mr Modi said, he will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas healthcare, innovation, digitization, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security.

Officials said Modi would also welcome United Kingdom into the worldwide solar alliance, as its newest member.

He said, the Commonwealth is a unique multilateral grouping that not only provides useful assistance to its developing country members, particularly the small states and small-island developing states, but also has a strong global voice for development issues. The representatives of 53 countries will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet hosted by the UK.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flown to the town on Saturday and spent several hours in Chhattisgarh, listening to young girls who talked about a wide array of issues.

Indian PM Modi to visit Sweden, Britain