Modi in Sweden LIVE UPDATES: We have our destination in sight and determination in heart, says PM

India and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm. The summit will also be attended by the prime ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2018 1:41:01 am
Modi in Sweden LIVE UPDATES Modi in Sweden LIVE UPDATES: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (R) during a news conference after the Innovation and Partnership Agreement been signed in the government building Rosenbad in Stockholm. (Reuters)

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.

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  • 14:32 (IST)

    Packed schedule or PM Modi

    It is going to be a busy day for the Prime Minister. He will begin his first day by calling on King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm. This will be followed by a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Overall, he has 10 engagements on Tuesday.

  • 07:41 (IST)

    PM Modi to hold extensive talks with Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven

    Ahead of his visit, PM Modi had said besides holding extensive talks, he and Lofven would also interact with top business leaders of both the countries and chart out a future roadmap of cooperation in sectors such as trade and investment, science and technology, clean energy and smart cities.

01:41 (IST) 18 Apr 2018
PM departs for London

Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs from Stockholm for London. He will hold a meeting with the UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London.

00:35 (IST) 18 Apr 2018
To trade, innovate and invest, come to India, says PM

Wooing the Indian diaspora in Sweden, Modi says, "To trade, innovate and invest, come to India. We are waiting for you." Calling each of the Indians in Sweden as an ambassador of the country, Modi says, "We have one embassy in Sweden but we have more than one ambassador. Each one of you is our ambassador. If you have your heart in innovation come be a part of enterprise of New India."

00:26 (IST) 18 Apr 2018
We have our destination in sight and determination in heart, says PM

Harping on his "New India" vision, PM Modi says his government would transform India. "All these programmes (brought by the government) are not reforms. This is transformation. This is our promise. We will transform India. The road ahead is long but we have our destination in sight and determination in heart," says PM.

00:23 (IST) 18 Apr 2018
Now, empowerment is a tool for poverty-stricken women, says PM

PM Modi says that now empowerment is 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," says Modi. 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'". 

00:20 (IST) 18 Apr 2018
Language can be different, but what binds us is that of being Indian, says PM

Addressing the Indian diaspora at Stockholm University, Modi says, "Language can be different, circumstances varied, but there is one thing that binds is all- and that is of being Indian." Speaking of the nations's outreach, Modi says, "Whether it be Africa or the small countries of a Pacific Ocean, or ASEAN, Europe or Asian countries, all of them view India as a trustworthy friend."

00:12 (IST) 18 Apr 2018
PM Modi begins his address

PM Narendra Modi thanks Swedish PM Stefan Lofven for the warm reception. "I want to thank his majesty King of Sweden, the Prime Minister and the people for welcoming me with so much of warmness," he says.

00:07 (IST) 18 Apr 2018
PM Narendra Modi to address Indian diaspora in Stockholm

'Namaskar everyone,' says Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Lofven as he welcomes PM Modi who will address the Indian diaspora at an event organized at Stockholm University.

"Namaskar everyone. This will be my shortest speech ever because I know who you are waiting for," says Stefan Lofven.

22:30 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi meets leaders of Nordic countries
22:01 (IST) 17 Apr 2018

PM's visit to the UK is important as he is coming a time when the UK is leaving the EU&hosting Commonwealth heads of government soon. Idea is to give make it more relevant to its member states and India is a leading member and expects it to play a leading role. There will be talks on wide range of subjects. Terrorism is a huge cause of concern for both India & UK, cooperation on security will strengthen. There is a cooperation between two countries on the issue of economic offenders:  Indian High Commissioner to UK

20:27 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi meets PM of Iceland
20:16 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi met Finnish counterpart
19:46 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Modi meets Danish PM
18:49 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
India-Sweden Join Action Plan

Modi said India and Sweden have agreed to strengthen their defence and security cooperation, including in areas of defence production and cyber security. On his part, Swedish Prime Minister lauded India "global power" and said the two countries are a "perfect match". There has been an intensification of cooperation in areas such as green technology and smart cities.

18:18 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi in Stockholm
18:06 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Narendra Modi's meeting with Swedish CEOs in Stockholm

17:42 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM interacts with CEOs
17:16 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Win-win partnership between India-Sweden
17:14 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi addresses press in Stockholm

This is my first visit to Sweden and a visit by an Indian PM after a gap of nearly 30 years. Sweden has been a strong contributor to our 'Make in India' program. Swedish PM led a big delegation to the Mumbai summit in 2016., says Modi in Stockholm.

17:13 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Swedish PM to India

I would like to commend the Indian govt and its strong focus on innovation as a key to progress and prosperity: Swedish PM Stefan Löfven

17:03 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Joint Innovation Partnership signed between India and Sweden
16:44 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Opportunities for India-Sweden
16:43 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Opportunities for India and Sweden

There are excellent opportunities for cooperation in the fields of smart cities, clean technology, universal housing, renewable energy, e-mobility, start-up, waste disposal, and many others with an objective of creating jobs and sustainable development for our people in India, tweeted MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. 

16:13 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Trade, business centre of discussion

The two leaders during their meeting discussed ways to deepen trade, business and people-to-people ties between India and Sweden.

16:06 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Watch | PM Modi and Swedish PM Stefan Löfven walk from Sager House to Rosenbad
15:33 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
A busy day ahead for PM in Sweden

The Prime Minister has a busy schedule in Sweden today, with 10 engagements lined up, which includes a roundtable with Swedish CEOs where the PM is likely to pitch the idea of Make in India.

15:31 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi meets Swedish PM
14:33 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi meets King Carl XVI Gustaf

14:32 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Packed schedule or PM Modi

It is going to be a busy day for the Prime Minister. He will begin his first day by calling on King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm. This will be followed by a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Overall, he has 10 engagements on Tuesday.

10:22 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi meets Indian community in Stockholm
09:08 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
‘Don’t complicate Make in India for us; protectionism doesn’t help in the long run’

Finland Ambassador in India Nina Vaskunlahti expects that the first India-Nordic Summit, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending, to encourage a rule-based world order and free trade. READ MORE

07:58 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Modi's visit marks an end to prolonged Indian neglect of Nordic region

PM Modi’s meeting with the region’s leaders could end India’s neglect of a part of the world that has punched above its weight in diplomacy, writes  C. Raja Mohan.   READ MORE 

07:41 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi to hold extensive talks with Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven

Ahead of his visit, PM Modi had said besides holding extensive talks, he and Lofven would also interact with top business leaders of both the countries and chart out a future roadmap of cooperation in sectors such as trade and investment, science and technology, clean energy and smart cities.

07:32 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Sweden PM says Modi's historic visit will bolster bilateral ties
07:27 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
Modi-Stefan bonhomie on full display
07:23 (IST) 17 Apr 2018
PM Modi warmly received by Sweden PM on his arrival in Stockholm

Earlier, ahead of his visit, Modi said in New Delhi he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both countries in a number of areas including trade, investment and clean energy. Besides attending the CHOGM on April 19 and 20, PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May. The External Affairs Ministry had stated that Modi would also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a brief stopover in Berlin on April 20 after concluding his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom. This is the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years. India and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm.