The South Asian Times

20 March 2019 19:21 PM

Modi meets Swedish PM ahead of talks


Stockholm, April 17: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven ahead of their bilateral summit here on Tuesday.

"A relationship that has grown in intensity over the years and has a huge potential! PM @narendramodi met with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven," Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

"The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues," Kumar said.

Earlier in the day, Modi called on Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Royal Palace here and the two leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Following Tuesday's summit, a number of agreements across various sectors are expected to be signed.

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

India and Sweden will on Tuesday also co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit, where, apart from Modi and Lofven, the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries -- Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway -- will also be present.

Modi will hold separate bilateral meetings with the leaders of the other four Nordic countries on the sidelines of the summit.

The Indian Prime Minister arrived here on Monday evening on the first leg of his three-nation tour of Europe that will also see him going to Britain and Germany.

This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years after Rajiv Gandhi's visit in 1988.

After attending an Indian community event here late on Tuesday night, Modi will depart for London on the second leg of his tour.

Update: 17 April, 2018