Modi leaves for Sweden on his three-nation tour of Europe

A successful and prosperous India will be a force of good for the world says PM Narendra Modi in a speech read out on his behalf at the HT-MintAsia Leadership Summit in Singapore on Friday

A successful and prosperous India will be a force of good for the world says PM Narendra Modi in a speech read out on his behalf at the HT-MintAsia Leadership Summit in Singapore on Friday

Modi and Lofven also travelled together in the same vehicle from the airport to the hotel, he said. "It reflects the importance the UK attaches to the visit and shows the mature level of India-UK ties", said an official involved with the preparations for the visit.

Besides the security pact, an action plan and Document on Partnership for Innovation will be issued after the Stockholm Summit between Modi and his Swedish counterpart, the persons cited earlier said, adding that Sweden is keen to boost its partnership with India to the strategic level. The groups had staged a noisy demonstration outside Downing Street during Modi's last visit to Britain in November 2015.

Mr Modi will arrive here from Sweden on Tuesday night and is set for a packed day of bilateral meetings and events on Wednesday before the live telecast from Central Hall Westminster.

"On Wednesday, I will be in London on the invitation of Prime Minister Theresa May".

During a packed day of activities on Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi is also expected to pay tribute at the Basaveshwara statue on the banks of the river Thames, which he had inaugurated during his last visit to the United Kingdom in 2015. 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.

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The Nordic countries are leaders in green technologies and sustainable development, and the Ministry of External Affairs has said they could be ideal partners for the Modi government's flagship programmes like Swachh Bharat and Smart Cities. Prime Ministers of all the Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - will also attend the summit. Nordic competencies fit well with the vision for India's transformation.

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

On April 19 and 20, Modi will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the United Kingdom which will take over as the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth from Malta.

Modi will make a brief stopover in Berlin on his way back home on Friday and meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to exchange views on several bilateral, regional and global issues, reports said.

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