Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Protests, support rallies and questions await Modi in London

Protests, support rallies and questions await Modi in London

"I believe that the most important topic in our talks on Tuesday was how Sweden can have a win-win partnership with India on the opportunities arising out of India's development".

The two leaders presented a new innovation partnership agreement, for which the Swedish government will assign 50 million kronor to research agency Vinnova to develop smart cities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met with the heads of the governments of various Nordic countries on the sidelines of the India-Nordic Summit in Sweden.

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The Nordic-India Summit was co-hosted by India and Sweden on the second day of Modi visit to Sweden. Brushing up on the issues under discussion, he said, "ultimately, it's about creating jobs and economic growth". "If you have your heart in innovation come be a part of enterprise of New India", said PM Modi to Indian diaspora in Sweden.

Modi added that India and Sweden have also made a decision to strengthen cooperation in security, with an emphasis on cyber security. "As a result, we agreed to a Joint Action Plan and an Innovation Partnership".

In his meeting with Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä, PM Modi discussed ways to increase cooperation in trade and investment, renewable energy, space, waste management, start-up creation and education.

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In a tweet, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders "had a good meeting on renewing and enhancing cooperation and expressed their mutual desire to take the relationship forward". Leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors. "We have been closely cooperating on the global platform and this will continue". PM Modi on his arrival to Sweden had been warmly welcomed by Swedish PM Stefan Lofven and by the Indian community. "Even if the Prime Ministers get along well the real bond between countries is forged by people to people context and I am glad to say that people to people relation between Sweden and India have also grown tremendously including researchers, students, professionals, tourists, and business people and by our growing interests in yoga, ¿ Prime Minister Lofven added".

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.

In addition to bilateral meetings in London, PM Modi will attend CHOGM Summit on 19 and 20 April.

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At the invitation of Prime Minister Löfven, Prime Minister Modi paid an official visit to Stockholm on 16-17 April 2018.

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