May 24, 2018

Prime Minister Modi met Sweden Prime Minister Löfven at Stockholm

19 April 2018, 01:38 | Darrell Baldwin

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"Sweden has many sustainable modern solutions to offer India", Swedish PM Löfven said in a joint press conference from the two leaders. A joint statement was issued last night by the Nordic nations, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the leaders of the nations, reaffirmed their support for the UN and Secretary-General's reform efforts to ensure that the world body is more effective to the realities.

'Innovation, investment and manufacturing are our main partnership dimensions, ' stated Modi during his stay in the Swedish capital, according to a statement by the Indian foreign ministry on its website. The Summit emphasized the India's strong commitment to innovation and digital initiatives as key to prosperity and sustainable development, with national flagship programmes such as Make in India, Start-up India, Digital India and Clean India.

The two sides also agreed to exchange know-how and explore cooperation in the areas of electro-mobility as well as renewable fuels.

The Joint Action plan is aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields including energy, clean technology and Trade.

Modi added that India and Sweden have also made a decision to strengthen cooperation in security, with an emphasis on cyber security.

"Sweden has been partner of India in defence sector for a long time".

The two sides made a decision to explore the finalisation of a bilateral agreement on exchange and mutual protection of classified information for cooperation in defence. "On the one hand Modi talks about bringing people together and of Bharat ki baat sab ke sath, but on the other hand his cohorts RSS storm troopers continue to brazenly defy the law unleashing violence on Dalits and religious minorities", said a representative of CasteWatchUK. "We have been closely cooperating on the worldwide platform and this will continue".

"Stronger business relations between India and Sweden augur well for the people of our nations".

Both Prime Ministers called for greater unity and stronger global partnership to counter terrorism, disrupt terrorist networks and financing, and to prevent violent extremism. "No important global conversation is complete without the voice of India", Lofven said. India's exports to Sweden amounted to United States dollars 710 million, while India's imports from the nordic country totaled USD 1,160 million in 2016-17.

In the fields of sustainability and smart cities, Sweden will provide up to 50 million kronor for innovation and will kick start the partnership. Both Prime Ministers participated in a Round-table meeting with about 30 CEOs of leading Swedish enterprises and addressed the CEOs.

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