On two nation tour to Sweden, UK, Modi hopes to boost ties

On two nation tour to Sweden, UK, Modi hopes to boost ties

On two nation tour to Sweden, UK, Modi hopes to boost ties

"It will be a no-holds-barred interaction with Prime Minister Modi, in a manner and format never witnessed before", said Vijay Chauthaiwale, in charge of the BJP foreign affairs department.

Last year, Saab had assured it will ensure "full" technology transfer of its Gripen-E fighter jet to India if the company gets the contract to supply a fleet of the combat aircraft to Indian Air Force.

PM Modi will first travel to Sweden on a two-day visit from April 16-17.

They collectively appreciated the presence of the Prime Minister in Sweden while highlighting the fact that after a gap of 30 years an Indian Prime Minister has visited Sweden.

From Sweden, Modi will later tomorrow travel to the United Kingdom where he will also attend the CHOGM, besides holding bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.

India is also a market of growing significance for Sweden; more than 160 Swedish companies are now established in India, including powerhouses like Ikea and H&M, who are both expanding in the market.

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Modi will arrive in Stockholm on Monday evening and stay overnight. The Nordic countries have globally recognized strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernization, cold-chains, skill development and innovation.

PM Modi's UK visit will have a particular focus on the India-UK technological partnership and the central feature of this will be his second meeting with Theresa May on Wednesday at the Francis Crick Institute in London, where a new India-UK Technical Alliance is expected to be among a series of announcements.

Earlier, ahead of his visit, Modi said in New Delhi he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both countries in a number of areas including trade, investment and clean energy. "Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation", Modi said. He also asked the human rights organizations and as well as Kashmiris based in UK to largely participate in protest during the upcoming Modi's visit to the kingdom.

He further said, "Under the theme of "Living Bridge", I will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship".

Modi will make a brief stopover in Berlin on his way back home on Friday and meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to exchange views on several bilateral, regional and global issues, reports said.

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