Sweden, India agree to strengthen cooperation on defence

Sweden, India agree to strengthen cooperation on defenceā€

"These issues will not go away, and we have brought to Prime Minister Modi's attention that Sikhs will be protesting on the streets of London this week and will continue to raise the call for justice".

India and Sweden are set to co-host the first-ever India-Nordic Summit, where PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway on the sidelines beside Stefan Lofven.

The leaders noted that the unique strengths of India and the Nordic countries offer huge opportunities for trade and investment diversification and mutually beneficial collaboration, the statement said.

Modi said India and Sweden have agreed to strengthen their defence and security cooperation, including in areas of defence production and cyber security. It is unusual for the leaders of all five Nordic countries to hold a summit with one country, with the last such occurrence in 2016 in Washington DC with then-US President Barack Obama.

"The most important theme of our talks was how increasing Sweden's investment in India will be a win-win situation for both the countries".

Stronger business relations between India and Sweden augur well for the people of our nations. "We have now mutually made a decision to increase our cooperation this sector, particularly in the field of cyber security", the prime minister added. Earlier, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter that there are excellent opportunities for cooperation between both the nations in the fields of smart cities, clean technology, universal housing, renewable energy, e-mobility, start-ups and many other fronts.

"Met a group of leading Swedish CEOs at the roundtable in Stockholm", PM Modi tweeted after he and Premier Lofven interacted with top Swedish business leaders.

India and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm tomorrow.

Indian officials involved in organising the four-day prime ministerial visit to the United Kingdom have said that protests and demonstrations are "part and parcel of any democratic society" and there are no plans to curtail them in any way.

Exchange knowledge and explore cooperation on smart cities, including transit-oriented urban development, air pollution control, waste management, waste-to-energy, waste-water treatment, district cooling and circular economy, including through dialogue and capacity building. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order.

After Stockholm, Modi travels to London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where Britain hopes to bolster its trade ties around the world in anticipation of Brexit. He will also have a brief stopover in Berlin, Germany, on April 20 while on his way back home.

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