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Indo-Nordic summit: India, Sweden to strengthen defence and security cooperation

Indo-Nordic summit: India, Sweden to strengthen defence and security cooperation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 16 reached Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years. "Swedish PM led a big delegation to the Mumbai summit in 2016., says Modi in Stockholm". We will engage with them in a similar manner, and examine how they can help our missions like Make in India, Skill India, Startup India and Smart Cities programmes.

Along with innovation, investment, start-ups, manufacturing, Modi said India and Sweden are focusing on "renewable energy, urban transport, waste management, that are connected with the quality of life of the people in India", Modi added.

India and Sweden share values of democracy, rule of law, respect of human rights, pluralism and a rule-based worldwide order. "As a result, we agreed to a Joint Action Plan and an Innovation Partnership". "Proceed with India-Sweden defence seminars in India and Sweden in 2018-19 and explore, together with the ISBLRT, opportunities for investment in Defence Production Corridors in India Encourage industry partners to develop supply chains for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with major Defence & Aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)".

"This agreement would be an important step forward to deepen our bilateral cooperation in the defence domain". Leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors.

Modi also said that Sweden's contribution in development of India will be a win-win situation for both the countries.

"This is a very proud moment for us that the Swedish Prime Minister was a part of it". Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order.

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The partnership sets the framework for future cooperation to jointly tackle societal challenges including innovation driven challenges on cross sectoral issues with multi-stakeholder/agency participation from both countries, it said. He seems to have failed to learn the lesson of his predecessors who did not forcefully respond to protests in late 2012 and early 2013 after a young woman was raped and killed on a public bus in New Delhi.

India and Sweden on Tuesday chose to embolden their defence and security cooperation during the Indo-Nordic summit.

The prime minister said he would also call on King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

Protests and support rallies are set to take place on Wednesday and later in the week, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on his second bilateral visit to the United Kingdom in three years, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, with issues from sexual violence, the situation in Kashmir, violence against Dalits and religious minorities likely to figure prominently.

Following the summit, Modi and Lofven participated in a round table with Swedish CEOs during which the CEOs were exhorted to invest in India and participate in the country's flagship initiatives, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ravessh Kumar said in a tweet.

On his return journey from Britain on April 20, he will stop in Germany to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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