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Looking forward to boost ties with Sweden, UK: PM ahead of 2-nation tour

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ahead of his visit to and the United Kingdom, today said he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both the countries in a number of areas including trade, investment and

The begins his five-day visit to and the UK tomorrow. He will have a brief stopover in on April 20 on his way back home.

In the first leg of his visit, Modi will travel to Sweden's capital where he will hold extensive talks with Stefan Lofven, besides attending a India-Nordic Summit.

"and share warm and friendly ties. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order. Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives," Modi said in a post.

The two Prime Ministers will hold bilateral talks on Tuesday.

Modi said 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, and smart cities.

said he would also call on

and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in on Tuesday which is scheduled to be attended by the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, and

"The have globally recognised strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernisation, cold-chains, skill development and innovation. Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation," Modi said.

From Sweden, Modi will travel to the UK on Tuesday where he will also attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), besides holding bilateral talks with his British counterpart

"My visit to presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas of healthcare, innovation, digitisation, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security," said.

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

Modi said he would also call on 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 UK into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

On April 19 and 20, Modi will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the UK which will take over as the new Chair-in-from

"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 international voice for development issues," Modi said.

The yesterday said Modi would meet German during a brief stopover in on April 20 after concluding his visits to Sweden and the

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 21:40 IST