Stockholm: India and Sweden on Tuesday agreed on an innovation partnership for a ‘win-win” outcome and decided to strengthen their defence and security cooperation. In a joint press statement after his talks with Swedish PM Stefan Lofven, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they focused on how Sweden can help India in its development journey.

The two sides have agreed on a Joint Action Plan, he said and added that India and Sweden have agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas of defence production and cyber- security, among other things.

PM Modi also said that Sweden had been a strong contributor to the ‘Make in India’ programme. “This is my first visit to Sweden and a visit by an Indian PM after a gap of nearly 30 years. We are hopeful that in future also, we will take our relationships forward, particularly in the area of defence.”

On his part, Swedish PM lauded India “global power” and said the two countries are a “perfect match”. “I would like to commend the Indian government and its strong focus on innovation as a key to progress and prosperity. India and Sweden will work on a security agreement.”

Earlier, PM Modi called on King Gustaf and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors.

He arrived in the capital of Sweden on Monday, the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years. Lofven received PM Modi at the airport and the two leaders travelled together in the same vehicle from the airport to the hotel.

PM Modi is in Sweden on the first leg of his five-day foreign tour which will also take him to the UK where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). 

Ahead of his visit, he had said in New Delhi that he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both countries in a number of areas including trade, investment and clean energy. 

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

From Sweden, Modi will on Tuesday night travel to the UK where he will attend the CHOGM, besides holding bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May. 

He will also have a brief stopover in Berlin, Germany, on April 20 while on his way back home. 

(With PTI inputs)



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