PM Modi embarks on five-day visit to Sweden and UK

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday embarked on a five-day visit to Sweden and the United Kingdom where he will hold discussions with the leaders of the two countries in a number of areas including trade, investment and clean energy.

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

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

Ahead of his visit, Modi on Sunday said he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both the countries.

"India and Sweden 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 Facebook post.

The two Prime Ministers will hold bilateral talks on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister said he would also call on King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

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

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