PM Modi hopeful of fruitful visit to Sweden and UK

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Chairman Kashmir Council EU Mr Ali Raza Syed called upon British Government to raise issue of human rights of oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir during upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UK.

"It will be a no-holds-barred interaction with Prime Minister Modi, in a manner and format never witnessed before", said Vijay Chauthaiwale, in charge of the BJP foreign affairs department.

Besides attending the CHOGM on April 19 and 20, PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May. They say they want direct answers from PM Modi about why crimes against women, Dalits and minorities have increased in India. The pact is derived from a broader agreement by India and Sweden in 2016 during the visit of the Swedish PM Stefan Lofven to India - the two sides are hoping to focus on a few areas which will get greater attention. He said, the partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order.

Modi and Lofven also travelled together in the same vehicle from the airport to the hotel, he said. The PMs of all five nations will attend, and Modi is expected to have bilateral talks with all of them on the sidelines of the summit.

He said, India and Sweden will jointly organize the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on Tuesday with the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Modi would also call on Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf during his visit. Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives.

Organisers said the decision to host a smaller event than the grand diaspora event at Wembley Stadium during PM Modi's last visit to the United Kingdom in November 2015 was to enable the Indian diaspora from across the world to be able to participate.

My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today embark on a five-day visit to Sweden and the United Kingdom with an aim to boost bilateral cooperation in key areas, including trade and investment. Mr Modi said, he will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas healthcare, innovation, digitization, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security.

Modi will arrive in Stockholm on April 16 in the afternoon in what will be the first visit of a Prime Minister from India to Sweden in 30 years since Rajiv Gandhi's visit in 1988.

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