PM arrives in Stockholm to co-host first ever India-Nordic Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

On the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will visit Sweden where he will attend the first ever India-Nordic Summit at Stockholm. "Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives", the Prime Minister said in a post on Facebook ahead of his visit.

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.

On 18 April, the prime minister will hold a bilateral summit with his British counterpart Theresa May following which it is expected that several agreements will be signed.

An Indian said, "I was travelling in the metro and a Swedish asked which country am I from, I said I am from India and so he said oh! you are from Modi's country and it made me really proud".

The Prime Minister, the retired bureaucrats said, should take five measures, which focus on capping hate crimes, offering special protection to Muslims, Dalits, minorities, women and children.

PM Modi will then head for his audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace before the Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath diaspora event to be telecast live from an as-yet undisclosed iconic central London venue on Wednesday evening.

"The Commonwealth is a unique multilateral grouping that not only provides useful assistance to its developing country members, particularly the small states and small-island developing states, but also has a strong worldwide voice for development issues", Modi said. "This is welcome. The question Prime Minister, is, When, and How?"

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" I am confident that these visits to Sweden and United Kingdom will be useful in enhancing our engagement with these countries, " the PM said.

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

Modi will arrive in Stockholm on April 16 in the afternoon in what will be the first visit of a Prime Minister from India to Sweden in 30 years since Rajiv Gandhi's visit in 1988.

Earlier, he visited the United Kingdom in November 2015.

Under the theme of "Living Bridge", he will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship.

Apart from these two nations, he will also visit Germany on April 20 briefly.

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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