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PM Modi Welcomed By Swedish PM At Airport In First Prime Ministerial Visit In 30 Years

| April 17 , 2018 , 08:08 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Monday evening in Sweden to a warm welcome from Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven who broke protocol to personally receive PM Modi at the airport in the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years.

"Landed in Stockholm. I thank Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for the warm welcome at the airport," tweeted PM Modi after his arrival.

A crowd of people from the Indian community in Sweden had also gathered to welcome PM Modi who is the first Indian PM to visit Sweden since the visit of then-PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1988.

During the visit to Sweden, PM Modi and PM Lofven will be co-hosting the first ever India-Nordic Summit on Tuesday which will have the Prime Ministers of the 4 other Nordic countries, namely, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway also in attendance.

PM Modi will be conducting separate bilateral meetings with the leaders of the 4 other Nordic countries on the sidelines of the Summit and also a bilateral summit with Swedish PM Lofven where a number of agreements are expected to be signed.  PM Modi and PM Lofven will also be attending a round table of Swedish CEOs.

PM Modi will be departing from Sweden for Britain where he would hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday. On April 19-20, PM Modi would be attending this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

On PM Modi's way back from the UK on April 20, he will be stopping over in Germany to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.