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Indian PM Modi to visit Sweden, Britain

Indian PM Modi to visit Sweden, Britain

The visit will put India's multilateral commitments front and centre, with PM Modi set to take part in the first India-Nordic Summit and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

A spokesperson for South Asia Solidarity Group said that around 2,000 people from all over United Kingdom are expected to gather outside Downing Street, where PM Modi will meet British PM Theresa May.

The meeting gains significance as it comes in the backdrop of Britain's decision to exit the European Union. The visit aims to boost bilateral cooperation in several key areas, including trade and investment.

They are demanding answers from Prime Minister Modi about how and why BJP ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government were standing in support of the rapists of Kathua, and why BJP MLA accused in gang rape case in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh was shielded for so long.

Mr Modi is among only three world leaders attending CHOGM to be invited for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday evening.

PM Modi will first travel to Sweden on a two-day visit from April 16-17. The India-Nordic Summit which will be taking place on Tuesday will be attended by the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. On Sunday, the PM said the visit would help deepen bilateral ties with both the countries.




At the end of the live telecast, the Prime Minister will join Heads of Government from 52 other countries at a formal dinner hosted by Theresa May to mark the launch of CHOGM.

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.

In the United Kingdom, the prime minister will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), besides exploring ways to further deepen ties between the two countries, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier said.

Under the theme of "Living Bridge", he will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship.

Apart from these two nations, he will also visit Germany on April 20 briefly.

Modi will make a brief stopover in Berlin on his way back home on Friday and meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to exchange views on several bilateral, regional and global issues, reports said.