Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his counterparts from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark today vowed to deepen cooperation between India and the Nordic countries, as the leaders deliberated on key issues of security, economic growth and climate change. Modi and the leaders of the five Nordic countries participated in the first India-Nordic Summit co-hosted by India and Sweden in Stockholm. Later in the day, the PM also addressed the Indian diaspora at Stockholm University and said while language can be different, what binds them all is that of being an Indian. “Language can be different, circumstances varied, but there is one thing that binds is all- and that is of being Indian,” Modi said.
PM Modi also said that now empowerment was a tool for poverty-stricken women. “There used to just slogans about Garibi Hatao. Now, empowerment is a tool especially for women who have been poverty stricken,” Modi said. Speaking of the success of his government’s Ujjwala scheme, PM says, “Many of you left India years ago. You might recall, one had to wait for days for LPG gas cylinder. Now suppliers call and ask ‘can we deliver a cylinder'”.
Earlier, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven received Modi at the airport. Modi, who is on the first leg of his five-day foreign tour, will also travel to the UK where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). “Scripting history! PM @narendramodi arrives in Stockholm on a first bilateral visit by an Indian PM in 30 years to a warm and personal welcome by @SwedishPM Stefan Lofven at the airport and to participate in the first ever India-Nordic Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.