India, Nordic nations agree to deepen cooperation in innovation, climate change

India, Nordic nations agree to deepen cooperation in innovation, climate change

India, Nordic nations agree to deepen cooperation in innovation, climate change

India and Sweden have agreed upon an innovation partnership and a joint action plan after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven at Stockholm this afternoon.

At the invitation of Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven, Prime Minister of India visited Sweden on 16-17 April 2018.

"Sweden has been India's partner for a long time in the defence sector, and I believe that in the future, in this area, especially in defence production, many new opportunities will be created for our cooperation", the PM said.

The two leaders presented a new innovation partnership agreement, for which the Swedish government will assign 50 million kronor to research agency Vinnova to develop smart cities. In his pre-departure statement, PM Modi wrote, "I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas healthcare, innovation, digitization, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security".

Swedish Prime Minister Lofven received Modi at the airport last night. the Two leaders travelled together in the same vehicle from the airport to the hotel. PM Modi exhorted the business leaders to participate in India's flagship initiatives and the Make in India campaign. The discussions focused on bilateral ties as well as major global and regional issues of mutual interest.

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They acknowledged that innovation and digital transformation drive growth in an interconnected world, and underpin a growing engagement between the Nordic countries and India, it said.

A series of bilateral pacts were inked during the meetings, strengthening and deepening the relationship between India and the European nations.

On his part, Lofven said that he believed that Sweden and India make a ideal match. "We have chose to strengthen our cooperation in the security sector, particularly in cyber security".

Prime Minister Lofven's address was followed by the address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Modi thanked Prime Minister Löfven for Sweden's support to India's candidature for non-permanent membership of United Nations Security Council (2021-22) and for Sweden's support to India's permanent membership of a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council.

At the end of the live telecast, he will join Heads of Government from 52 other Commonwealth countries at a dinner hosted by the British prime minister as a formal welcome to CHOGM.

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