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PM Modi on Sweden visit, will head towards United Kingdom tomorrow

PM Modi on Sweden visit, will head towards United Kingdom tomorrow

Sharply criticising Prime Minister Narendra's silence over rape cases in India, the New York Times in an editorial on Tuesday said such and other violent incidents were part of "an organized and systematic campaign by nationalist forces" to terrorise women, Muslims and Dalits in the country.

Setting the tone for a fruitful exchange of views at the talks, the two Prime Ministers walked together from the residence of Mr. Lofven to office for the delegation-level talks. Prime Minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, PPP leader in PaK Assembly Chaudhary Yaseen, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Rasheed Turabi, several British parliamentarians including Naz Shah MP, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Khalid Mahmood, Shabna Mahmood, Afzal Khan and others are expected to attend the protest.

Modi said India and Sweden have agreed to strengthen their defence and security cooperation, including in areas of defence production and cyber security. Stating that people's perception of the way the government functions were changing, PM Modi said it was now easier to do business in India.

PM Modi and Swedish PM Stefan Lofven enjoyed a brief walk from Sager House to Rosenbad in Stockholm.

"Sweden has been a strong supporter of "Make in India" initiative from the beginning".

"Be it Africa or small Pacific countries, or ASEAN or Europe or Asia, all of them are looking at India as a trusted friend", he said.

"Met a group of leading Swedish CEOs at the roundtable in Stockholm", PM Modi tweeted after he and Premier Lofven interacted with top Swedish business leaders.

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"I am very pleased to announce that the Swedish government will kick start our Innovation Partnership by providing up to 50 million Swedish kronor (Over $59 million) for innovation cooperation with India in the field of smart cities and sustainability", Lofven said.

A total of 30 years has passed since the visit by Rajiv Gandhi in 1988 and Modi's visit is first such visit after him. "It has worked for creating a New India by 2022", the prime minister said.

A Joint Declaration on Sweden-India Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future said, "the innovation partnership represents a step-change in India-Sweden science and innovation collaboration, underpinning our mutual commitment to drive prosperity and address global challenges such as climate change and sustainable development through innovation".

The forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi's visit to the UK will focus on enhancing India-UK tech partnership.

Modi is here on the first leg of his five-day foreign tour which will also take him to the United Kingdom and Germany.

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


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