Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

PM Modi Arrives in Sweden

PM Modi Arrives in Sweden

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a five-day visit to Sweden and Britain, and attend two multilateral summits - the India-Nordic Summit and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), officials said Monday.

Instead of owning up and making reparations, the prime minister chose to remain quiet, breaking his silence only when public outrage both in India and internationally reached a point when he could no longer ignore it, the group of 49 former bureaucrats said.

Last year, Saab had assured it will ensure "full" technology transfer of its Gripen-E fighter jet to India if the company gets the contract to supply a fleet of the combat aircraft to Indian Air Force. India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties.

A spokesperson for South Asia Solidarity Group said that around 2,000 people from all over United Kingdom are expected to gather outside Downing Street, where PM Modi will meet British PM Theresa May.

The visit of the Indian Prime Minister to the two countries is said to be aimed at deepening the bilateral ties.

Mr Modi is among only three world leaders attending CHOGM to be invited for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday evening.

Also on Tuesday, the leadership of the two countries would take part in the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm.

PM Modi Arrives in Sweden
PM Modi Arrives in Sweden

India and Sweden are looking for some big outcomes at Tuesday's summit when Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Stockholm for a bilateral meeting and the first Indo-Nordic conference with Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. On April 18, more then 50 women activists and academics plan to issue a letter opposing the alleged "rape culture" and "protection of rapists" under the Modi government. Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation, "the PM said".

Prime minister, we write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilisational values - but to express our rage.

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

Earlier, he visited the United Kingdom in November 2015.

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".

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, PM Modi would meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his brief stopover in Berlin on April 20.

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