India & Sweden to deepen collaboration through strategic innovation partnership

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"Even if the Prime Ministers get along well the real bond between countries is forged by people to people context and I am glad to say that people to people relation between Sweden and India have also grown tremendously including researchers, students, professionals, tourists, and business people and by our growing interests in yoga, ¿ Prime Minister Lofven added". The two countries agreed to deepen their collaboration in the field of innovation through the strategic partnership.

This apart, Modi and Lofven will attend a round table of Swedish CEOs.

Characterising the JAP as a "win-win partnership" for New Delhi and Stockholm, Mr. Modi underscored the critical role of the defence sector and security initiatives as a pillar of the bilateral relationship.

The silent protest, being promoted jointly by some Indian women's groups in Britain, is calling on members of the Indian Diaspora in the country to join in by wearing some symbolic white clothing to register their condemnation of "atrocities that are taking place in India". Addressing the press, Modi said the focus of their bilateral talks was on how the two nations can work together to make a change on a global level.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway and discussed ways to enhance ties with these Nordic countries in key areas such as trade and investment, and renewable energy. "I am confident that new opportunities for cooperation in this sector will arise in the future, especially in defence production", he said.

"PM Modi urged Icelandic companies to look at India as an investment destination in blue economy and geothermal energy and strengthen cooperation in education, tourism and culture", Kumar said of the meeting between the two leaders. This was Prime Minister's first visit to Sweden as well as a visit to Sweden by Indian Prime Minister after three decades. Modi has also been accused of failing to stop anti-Muslim rioting in 2002 which led to the deaths of at least 1,000 people in Gujarat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Danish counterpart Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Modi's next stop is London, where he plans to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

"The main theme of our discussions today was how to develop a win-win partnership between Sweden and India through the opportunities offered by India's development programmes", Modi said. He will also have a brief stopover in Berlin, Germany, on April 20 while on his way back home.

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