PM Modi Arrives in Sweden

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by the Indian Community in Stockholm Sweden | PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven are expected to discuss "innovation, sustainable development and how Swedish-Indian relations can be further strengthened" in Stockholm during two-day PM Modi's visit.

Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the first health centre under Ayushman Bharat Scheme in Jangala earlier today. This is the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years. It also suggested that the Prime Minister reaches out to the families affected by the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, seek their "forgiveness" and ensure speedy justice through an Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe and a fast-track court. Officials have said PM Modi will be received at the airport by PM Lofven, in an unprecedented gesture for Norway.

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"I will be visiting Sweden and the United Kingdom for bilateral meetings and for the India-Nordic Summit and the CHOGM during", Modi said in a statement ahead of the visit. They say they want direct answers from PM Modi about why crimes against women, Dalits and minorities have increased in India. The Prime Minister was referring to the gangrape of 17-year-old Unnao girl by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and gangrape rape and murder case of eight-year-old Asifa Bano in J&K's Kathua by eight men in a Hindu temple. The groups had staged a noisy demonstration outside Downing Street during Modi's last visit to Britain in November 2015. Mr Modi said, his visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement.

I would also call on Her Majesty The Queen, interact briefly with CEOs of the two nations who are working on a new agenda of economic partnership, launch an Ayurveda Centre of Excellence in London, and welcome the United Kingdom into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member, "the PM said". He will also focus on meeting the heads of state of number of small island nations from across the globe who will attend the CHOGM, which is being held on April 19 and 20.

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