New Delhi, Apr 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to leave for his 5-day tour to Sweden and the United Kingdom on Monday, April 16. The Prime Minister is set to hold several bilateral meetings between April 17 and 20 during his visit. He will begin his tour with Sweden and will meet Stefan Lofven, the Swedish Prime Minister, in Stockholm on April 17. Modi will also be attending the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm with the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
He will then head to the UK with the theme of ‘Living Bridge’ and hold meetings with his British counterpart Theresa May on Wednesday. During his visit to the UK, Modi will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Here is PM Modi’s schedule during his Sweden, UK visit
Modi will reach Stockholm on the evening of April 16. He will hold a bilateral summit with his Swedish counterpart on April 17. A number of agreements are expected to be signed between the two prime ministers. Modi will also attend a round table conference with Swedish CEOs along with Lofven.
On April 17, India and Sweden will co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm, which will be attended by the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries.
On the evening of April 17, Modi will leave for London from Stockholm. On April 18, he will hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May after which several agreements are expected to be signed.
Modi will then head to the Science Museum in London to visit the ‘5000 Years of Science and Innovation’ exhibition and interact with Indian-origin and other scientists and innovators based in the UK. Following this, Modi will launch a new Ayurvedic Centre of Excellence, marked by an MoU between the All India Institute of Ayurveda and College of Medicine in the UK.
The Prime Minister is also expected to pay tribute at the Basaveshwara statue on the banks of the river Thames, which he had inaugurated during his last visit to the UK in 2015.
Modi will then head for his audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles will host Modi.
On the evening of April 18, Modi will address the world in a globally broadcast live event from the historic Central Hall Westminster in London. According to the Europe India Forum, the organisers of Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath on Wednesday evening, the Indian prime minister will address people of all nationalities and backgrounds as questions pour in on social media from far and wide from the North Pole to New Zealand and Saudi Arabia to San Francisco.
The Prime Minister will then join Heads of Government from 52 other countries at a formal dinner hosted by Theresa May to mark the launch of CHOGM.
This will be followed by official deliberations between the heads of government in London on Thursday, April 19 before they head to Windsor for the CHOGM retreat, where the world leaders will interact on an informal basis without any structured agenda or the presence of officials.
He will conclude his visit on April 20 and is expected to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a stopover in Berlin. The External Affairs Ministry said in its statement, “At the suggestion of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be making a brief stopover in Berlin on April 20 after completing his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom.”
With inputs from agencies