India and Sweden resolve to expand general ties, sign 3 pacts

NEW DELHI: Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf held extensive talks with the President and Prime Minister on Monday Narendra Modi expand general bilateral cooperation in various areas, including trade and investment, innovation and culture.

After the talks between the king and President Kovind, the two sides signed three pacts that provide for cooperation in polar science, innovation and research and in the maritime spheres.

Separately, Modi and King chaired a meeting of the India-Sweden high-level policy Dialogue on innovation policy during which both sides discussed ways to expand participation in research and development.

The King, accompanied by Queen Silvia and a high-level delegation, arrived here this morning on a five-day visit.

Delighted to meet His Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. We had extensive discussions on the momentum of cooperation between India and Sweden . The closer economic and cultural ties between our nations will greatly benefit our citizens, Modi said in a tweet.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders emphasized the role of collaborative technological innovation between the two countries and future challenges.

He said the focus of the talks was to draw up a plan to link innovation with aspirations.

Authorities said the talks were aimed at boosting general bilateral cooperation in various areas, including trade and investment, innovation and culture.

Foreign Minister S also called the King and Queen after their arrival and held discussions on ways to deepen bilateral relations.

Jaishankar also held a separate meeting with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde during which both sides decided to intensify cooperation to combat the challenge of terrorism.

Broad conversation with the Swedish FM Ann Linde. He discussed the expansion of bilateral cooperation in the environment, manufacturing, health and smart cities. He urged greater mobility of Indian talent, Jaishankar tweeted after the talks.

Jaishankar said he also discussed with Linde the challenge of terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism.

He emphasized that the right to life is the most basic human right. He agreed to work together in international forums to address this key terrorism challenge, he said.

The King and Queen also visited Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Gandhi Smriti. It is King Gustaf's third visit to India.

The ties between India and Sweden have been on an upward trajectory in the last few years. The bilateral trade volume was $3.37 billion in 2018.

The Swedish royal couple received a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning.

In addition to Delhi, the royal couple will visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand.