PM Narendra Modi to begin his Sweden, UK visit today

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Chairman Kashmir Council EU Mr Ali Raza Syed called upon British Government to raise issue of human rights of oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir during upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UK.

Calling the two points "a moment of existential crisis, a turning point", the letter suggested that the government's response will determine if the nation will overcome the crisis.

"I am confident that these visits to Sweden and United Kingdom will be useful in enhancing our engagement with these countries", Modi said prior to his visit to Sweden. Prince Charles will host Modi. India and the United Kingdom share a modern partnership bound by strong historical ties.


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.

Following his meeting with Theresa May, the prime minister will head to the Science Museum in London to visit the "5000 Years of Science and Innovation" exhibition and interact with Indian-origin and other scientists and innovators based in the UK. Earlier, he launched India's first wellness centre under Ayushman Bharat in Chhattisagrh. He will begin his tour with Sweden and will meet Stefan Lofven, the Swedish Prime Minister, in Stockholm on April 17.

The UK is among Indias major trading partners. Other UK-India agreements are set to be reached, including the setting up of an Ayurveda research centre in the UK, though it remains to be seen whether any move will be made to respond to Indian concerns around Britain's immigration regime, which India has repeatedly stressed is key to a future relationship. According to figures provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the trade of India with the Nordic countries amounted to about 5, 300 million dollars in 2016-2017, with a cumulative foreign direct investment in the Southeast Asian country of 2, 500 million dollars.


PM Modi will then head for his audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace before the Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath diaspora event to be telecast live from an as-yet undisclosed iconic central London venue on Wednesday evening. Prime Ministers of all the Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - will also attend the summit.

"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 global voice for development issues", PM Modi said.

The prime minister congratulated the Bijapur district administration, which is among the most backward 115 districts in the country, for improving its development statistics in the last three months.


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