PM Modi arrives in Sweden for a two-day visit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Indian diaspora outside a hotel in Sweden minutes after arriving in the country to embark on his two-day visit as part of the Indo-Nordic summit.

PM Modi is also scheduled to attend the first India-Nordic Summit on April 17, which is an effort to raise relations with the five countries of the region - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. "India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties". The PMs of all five nations will attend, and Modi is expected to have bilateral talks with all of them on the sidelines of the summit.

The bilateral agenda includes renewing a memorandum of understanding that lapsed in 2014 on the framework to return illegal Indians in the UK - British authorities claim that number is in the hundreds of thousands. This is the third exchange of prime ministerial visits after Modi's visit to Britain in November 2015 and British Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to India in November 2016, her first outside the European Union after assuming office. Earlier, he launched India's first wellness centre under Ayushman Bharat in Chhattisagrh.

According to official estimates, India-UK bilateral trade stands at Dollars 13 billion, with the UK among the largest G20 investors into India.

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The Prime Minister said he will be in London on 18th April. He will also meet Indian-origin scientists working on cancer research, malaria and other tropical diseases before going in to the India-UK CEOs Forum. The information was later confirmed by the External Affairs Ministry.

On April 19 and 20, Modi will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the United Kingdom which will take over as the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth from Malta.

The PM expressed confidence that visits to Sweden and United Kingdom would help in enhancing India's engagement with these countries. PM Modi's visit to Britain this time has been themed "Living bridge and tech partnership". He will attend the CHOGM in London from April 19 to 20.

On the sidelines of the "unprecedented" welcome, PM Modi will also be greeted with some protests at Parliament Square on Wednesday afternoon, being spearheaded by Pakistani-origin peer, Lord Ahmed, and bringing together UK-based Kashmiri and Sikh groups. The Swedish prime minister's gesture is reminiscent of Narendra Modi's own gesture of greeting state guests personally at the airport, who he feels are special friends of India.