Stockholm, Apr 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Sweden on Monday evening on the first leg of his three-nation tour of Europe that will also see him going to Britain and Germany. Breaking protocol, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gave a warm welcome to PM Modi at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years after the visit of Rajiv Gandhi in 1988. PM Modi has a packed schedule for Tuesday and you can get live updates on his tour of the Nordic country here.
On Tuesday, PM Modi will hold a bilateral summit with his Swedish counterpart Lofven following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed. This apart, Modi and Lofven will attend a round table of Swedish CEOs. “India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order. Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives,” PM Modi had said before his departure.
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 of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will also be present. PM Modi will hold separate meetings with the leaders of the other four Nordic countries on the sidelines of the summit.
After wrapping up the summit in Sweden, PM Modi will leave for Britain where he will hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May on April 18. On April 19-20, he will attend this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. While returning from Britain on April 20, he will stop over in Germany where he will a meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.