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PM Narendra Modi makes a business trip to Nordic free-trade bastion

At the invitation of Prime Minister of India and PM Lofven, all other Nordic Prime Ministers, PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark, PM Juha Sipila of Finland, PM Katrin Jakobsdottir of Iceland and PM Erna Solberg of Norway, attended the Summit hosted on 17 April. They will also "proceed with India-Sweden defence seminars in India and Sweden in 2018-19 and explore, together with the ISBLRT, opportunities for investment in Defence Production Corridors in India", "encourage industry partners to develop supply chains for small and medium sized enterprises with major Defence & Aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers".

India and Sweden on Tuesday announced the adoption of the Joint Action Plan aimed at implementing the joint innovation partnership between them.

Following the summit, Modi and Lofven participated in a round table with Swedish CEOs during which the CEOs were exhorted to invest in India and participate in the country's flagship initiatives, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ravessh Kumar said in a tweet. "The Nordic approach to innovation systems, characterised by a strong collaboration between public sector, private sector and academia, was discussed, and synergies were identified with India's rich pool of talent and skills".

"Stronger business relations between India and Sweden augur well for the people of our nations".

Johnson said he was "excited" about the growing India-UK bilateral trade and that the visit will help build on "huge economic advantages".

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and multilateral cooperation at the delegation-level talks.

On counterterrorism, Mr. Modi and Mr. Löfven emphasised that the global counterterrorism legal framework should be regularly updated to address the changing threat of terrorism with strength.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm on Tuesday.

PM Modi, who embarked on his three-nation Europe tour on Monday, arrived in Sweden in the evening yesterday.

For his part, Lofven praised India for its "global power" and said that the two countries were a "perfect combination".

However, others who are not protesting, but hoping to raise the issue of the rapes and wider violence against women with the Prime Minister, say they have been subject to abuse and intimidation ahead of the visit.

He further highlighted the fact that an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Sweden after a gap of 30 years while saying that he himself visited India two years ago.

Modi arrived late Tuesday in the United Kingdom and will embark upon a packed day of bilateral engagements with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the royal family today before going into formal multilateral discussions as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) later in the week.

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