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.
"On 17th April, I will be in Stockholm to hold talks with PM Stefan Lofven". Prime Minister's connect with the diaspora is sure to leverage the Indian technocrats living in countries such as Sweden to push economic growth in India.
On April 17, India and Sweden will co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm, which will be attended by the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Smart cities, renewables, trade and investment and climate change will dominate discussions in Stockholm - sources said, Modi, has been particularly keen to build closer ties with the Nordic countries. He made special mention of the development initiatives carried out in Chhattisgarh's southern districts of Sukma, Dantewada and Bijapur. Nordic competencies fit well with the vision for India's transformation. On April 18, he will hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May after which several agreements are expected to be signed.
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"I will be visiting Sweden and the United Kingdom for bilateral meetings and for the India-Nordic Summit and the CHOGM during", Modi said in a statement ahead of the visit.
The company also said it will build the world's most modern aerospace facility in India, besides creating a local supplier base of ancillary systems. Mr Modi said, his visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement.
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PM Modi's UK visit will have a particular focus on the India-UK technological partnership and the central feature of this will be his second meeting with Theresa May on Wednesday at the Francis Crick Institute in London, where a new India-UK Technical Alliance is expected to be among a series of announcements.
The latter will be on a smaller scale compared to the massive event at Wembley stadium, which was attended by around 60,000 during his last bilateral visit to the United Kingdom, but will involve a speech followed by a question-and-answer session, with questions taken both from the audience and via live link ups from across the world.
Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit the tribal district of Bijapur, also launched a health insurance scheme, inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train between Gudum and Bhanupratapur, bringing north Bastar region on railways' map.
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However, some members of the Indian community have said that this time, there will be a "strong counter-protest" by pro-India groups to welcome Modi.