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PM leaves for five-day visit to Sweden, UK

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today left for a five-day visit to and the UK, where he will attend the (CHOGM).

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

In the first leg of his visit, Modi will reach 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. is a valuable partner in our development initiatives," Modi had said in a departure statement last night.

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.

The said he would also call on

and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in tomorrow. The summit is scheduled to be attended by the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, and

From Sweden, Modi will later to the UK where he will also attend the 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.

"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," he said.

Modi 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 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 had said.

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

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:50 IST