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PM Narendra Modi And Swedish Counterpart Stefan Löfven Sign Agreements

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| April 17 , 2018 , 18:48 IST

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Stockholm on Tuesday, 17 April and was received his Swedish counterpart Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the airport. This marks the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years.

His two-day visit to Sweden is a part of his 5-day foreign tour which will then take him to the UK for attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. PM Modi had a productive exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues with Löfven in Stockholm.

The two leaders discussed ways to deepen trade, business and people-to-people ties between India and Sweden. Addressing the media, Narendra Modi called India-Sweden partnership as "a perfect match" signalling that an "intensified political and business interaction" will take place between India and Sweden.

Looking forward to Swedish inventions to contribute in 'Make In India', PM Modi said, "Sweden has always been India's partner in the defence sector. There will be new opportunities in the defence sector. We have decided to strengthen relations as far as cyber security is concerned."

The Swedish PM then went ahead and lauded Indian government for "its strong focus on innovation as a key to progress and prosperity." Following the talks, two agreements of Innovation Partnership and Joint Action Plan to maximise the bilateral cooperation between the two countries were signed.

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.

PM Modi along with his Swedish counterpart is scheduled to interact with business leaders of both countries to chart a future roadmap of co-operation in sectors like trade, science and technology, clean energy and smart cities.