Business on mind, PM Modi embarks on five-day tri-nation European trip

The Prime Minister will visit Sweden, United Kingdom and Germany. 

Business on mind, PM Modi embarks on five-day tri-nation European trip
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NEW DELHI: With an aim to improve bilateral cooperation in several areas, including trade and investment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to embark on a five-day visit to European nations Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany

The Prime Minister will fly to Sweden's capital Stockholm on Monday morning, around 9 am. He'll meet Swedish PM Stefan Lofven on Tuesday and later travel to the UK. On his way back home, there'll be a brief stopover in Berlin on April 20. 

“On 17th April, I will be in Stockholm to hold talks with PM Stefan Lofven. India’s relations with Sweden are warm and friendly. This visit will focus on further deepening India-Sweden ties in sectors such as business, science and technology, energy and smart cities,” he tweeted.

In an FB post, he said, " Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives. PM Lofven and I will also have the opportunity to interact with top business leaders of both the countries and chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, innovation, S&T, skill development, smart cities, clean energy, digitization and health. I would also call on His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden." 

India and Sweden will jointly organize the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on April 17, which will be attended by the PM. 

In the UK, the PM will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), besides holding bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May and meet the Queen. 

"My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas of healthcare, innovation, digitisation, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security," the Prime Minister said.

He further said, "Under the theme of 'Living Bridge', I will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship." 

On April 19 and 20, PM Modi will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the UK which will take over as the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth from Malta. 

"The Commonwealth is a unique multilateral grouping that not only provides useful assistance to its developing country members, particularly the small states and small-island developing states, but also has a strong international voice for development issues," PM Modi said. 

While coming back, the Prime Minister will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a brief stopover in Berlin on April 20 after concluding his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom.


With agency inputs