On two nation tour to Sweden, UK, Modi hopes to boost ties

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

The Indian ambassador to Sweden and Latvia, Monika Kapil Mohta, on Monday, said that the Make In India initiative, terrorism and business would be the main focus during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sweden.

The bilateral leg of the United Kingdom tour begins with PM Modi's talks with Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday morning, during which both leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including separatism, cross-border terrorism, visa and immigration.

In a strongly worded letter to PM Narendra Modi, the 49 signatories called the current situation a "moment of existential crisis" and said the government response would determine whether the nation could "overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order".

Modi said 14 April is an important day for the 125 crore people of India as it is the birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar and asked those gathered to chant "Jai Bhim"-three times after him". India's relations with Sweden are warm and friendly. Commenting on the summit, PM Modi said, "The Nordic countries have globally recognised strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernisation, cold-chains, skill development and innovation".

With Sweden home to a 20,000-strong Indian diaspora, Modi will also interact with members of the Indian community. Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation, "the PM said".

On 18 April, the prime minister will hold a bilateral summit with his British counterpart Theresa May following which it is expected that several agreements will be signed.

Party general secretary and Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP, Shobha Karandlaje said that the state unit had requested the Prime Minister to hold over 12 rallies in the state.

Mr Modi said, his visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement.

The woman was one of the thousands of women covered under the scheme launched more than a decade earlier to provide slippers to people collecting Tendu leaves in Chhattisgarh, according to reports in NDTV. Mr Modi said, he will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas healthcare, innovation, digitization, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security.

Stating that the theme of the visit to Britain was "Living bridge and tech partnership", Naidu said that an India-UK Tech Alliance was likely to be announced. The representatives of 53 countries will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet hosted by the UK.

"The Commonwealth is a unique multilateral grouping that not only provides useful assistance to its developing country members, particularly the small states and small-island developing states, but also has a strong worldwide voice for development issues", PM Modi said.

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