Indian PM Modi to visit Sweden, Britain

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi and Lofven also travelled together in the same vehicle from the airport to the hotel, he said. They say they want direct answers from PM Modi about why crimes against women, Dalits and minorities have increased in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today embark on a five-day visit to Sweden and the United Kingdom with an aim to boost bilateral cooperation in key areas, including trade and investment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the capital of Sweden, where he will jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm. Modi would also call on Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf during his visit.

After the PM Modi's statement the two BJP leaders Lal Singh, Chander Prakash, who supported Kathua rape accused by participating a rally, submitted their resignation to the state party chief.

As thousands of people from across the country take to street to express outrage over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, a group of 49 retired civil servants wrote a strong-worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible for what they called a "terrifying state of affairs". Besides participation in Common Wealth's meetings, Modi will take part in bilateral talks in order to sign a dozen agreements to boost Delhi-London ties.

Prime Ministers from the other Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway are also expected to be in Stockholm for th Nordic-Indian summit. "Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation", Modi said.

Modi's packed itinerary includes a day of bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May and others in the British government, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Mr Modi said, his visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement.

"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 worldwide voice for development issues", Modi said. On Sunday, the PM said the visit would help deepen bilateral ties with both the countries.

After concluding his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin for a brief while and both the leaders will exchange views on a number of bilateral, regional and global issues.

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