Narendra Modi meets King of Sweden

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India and the five Nordic nations of Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Finland on Tuesday agreed to deepen cooperation in innovation and climate change in the first India-Nordic Summit held here during the course of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here.

According to the Indian spokesperson, the two leaders had an "engaging interaction" on trade and investment, shipping and port-development, blue economy, renewable energy, health, information technology and green transport solutions.

In his address to Indian Diaspora in Sweden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India's image is rising globally.

During the visit, India and Sweden also hosted an India-Nordic Summit, entitled "India-Nordic Summit: Shared Values, Mutual Prosperity". He said Sweden had been India's partner in the field of defence for a long time and would continue to be so, with a special focus on defence manufacturing.

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"Defence and security is an important pillar of our bilateral relationship", Modi said in his address to the media.

Lofven announced a new innovation partnership worth 50 million kronor ($6 million) between the two countries that he said would be good "for job creation as well as for the climate". "I am confident that new opportunities for cooperation in this sector will arise in the future, especially in defence production", he said. 'We have chose to strengthen our security cooperation, especially cooperation in cyber security, ' said the Indian leader.

Acknowledge the importance of bilateral cooperation on space research, technology, innovation and applications. "We have been closely cooperating on the worldwide platform and this will continue".

A series of demonstrations, including an anti-India protest, being spearheaded by Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed, have been planned by various groups at Parliament Square here during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United Kingdom this week.

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Enhance Indo-Swedish dialogue on defence cooperation. He said India has emerged as a global power whose voice can not be ignored in any conversation on a global platform.

This will the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister in the past 30 years.

Mr Lofven and Mr Modi interacted with the top Swedish Business leaders on the occasion.

A separate silent protest - with participants encouraged to wear white in solidarity - organised by a group of independent women will take place at Parliament Square on Wednesday afternoon to express "pain, sorrow, shock" and condemnation of the rapes in Kathua and Unnao, and beyond.

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On 20 April, the PM will fly to Germany where he will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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