Sweden is a strong contributor to Make in India initiative: PM Modi

The Prime Minister's visit to the state coincides with the birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar

The Prime Minister's visit to the state coincides with the birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar

He was welcomed to the nation by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. At present, PM Modi is on a five-day visit to Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany (April 16-20, 2018).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a short walk with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven from Sogerska to Rosenbad here on Tuesday ahead of the delegation-level talks.

After Stockholm, Mr Modi will travel to London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

"It will be a no-holds-barred interaction with Prime Minister Modi, in a manner and format never witnessed before", said Vijay Chauthaiwale, in charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Foreign Affairs Department. Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception and met with the Indian community in the city.

He was received by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the airport.

This apart, Modi and Lofven will attend a round table of Swedish CEOs.

Addressing a press conference in Stockholm on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sweden has always been a significant contributor to the "Make In India" initiative.

After a working luncheon there, the India-Sweden Innovation Partnership will be signed, and further details of the bilateral agreement will be released publicly, including on diverse areas of cooperation such as innovation, clean technology, waste management, renewable energy, women's development, and skill development. "During his visit, PM will meet Chancellor Merkel and the two leaders will exchange views on a number of bilateral, regional and global issues", read a statement issued by the MEA.

India and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm tomorrow. PM Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with leaders of four other Nordic nations - Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

The Prime Minister said he would also call on King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

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