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PM greeted by Swedish PM Lofven on arrival at Stockholm airport

PM greeted by Swedish PM Lofven on arrival at Stockholm airport

Meanwhile, there have been allegations and counter-allegations doing the rounds among India-related societies of some United Kingdom universities, which had issued a letter addressed to the Indian PM earlier this week calling for "extraordinary measures" for justice in recent rape cases reported from different states in India.

The two countries also agreed to cooperate on renewable energy, urban transport and waste management.

"Sweden can be our important partner in seeking innovative solutions for developmental challenges facing India today".

Both the leaders witnessed signing and exchange of Joint Innovation Partnership and announcement of adoption of the Joint Action Plan. Addressing the media, Narendra Modi called India-Sweden partnership as "a ideal match" signalling that an "intensified political and business interaction" will take place between India and Sweden.

Mr. Modi has also been reluctant to talk about a rape accusation against a state lawmaker from his party in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, which is governed by the B.J.P.

Modi said India and Sweden have agreed to strengthen their defence and security cooperation, including in areas of defence production and cyber security.

Characterising the JAP as a "win-win partnership" for New Delhi and Stockholm, Mr. Modi underscored the critical role of the defence sector and security initiatives as a pillar of the bilateral relationship.

Prime Minister Modi particularly highlighted the importance India attaches to the cooperation in defence sector.

In his address, he also said that the Jan Dhan Yojna, Aadhaar and mobile technology had merged to create direct benefit transfer facility. "It has worked for creating a New India by 2022", the prime minister said.

He lauded India for taking steps for its unprecedented economic transformation in terms of manufacturing and digital development. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm and interacted over boosting India -Sweden relations. They exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors.

This apart, he and his counterpart will attend a round table of Swedish CEOs. The summit will also be attended by the prime ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

He will later meet the leaders of Nordic nations - the first visit by an Indian leader in 30 years.

A large-scale protest has been planned by British Sikhs and Kashmiris against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Britain for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOG) in London from 16th-20th April 2018 to condemn Modi's affiliation with violent Hindu nationalism and rising attacks on minorities, vulnerable and women in India, reports said. Lofven received him at the Stockholm airport as a special gesture.


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