Modi leaves for Sweden on his three-nation tour of Europe

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India and Sweden will on Tuesday also co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit, where, apart from Modi and Lofven, the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will also be present.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the capital of Sweden, where he will jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm. "It reflects the importance the UK attaches to the visit and shows the mature level of India-UK ties", said an official involved with the preparations for the visit.

PM Modi will first travel to Sweden on a two-day visit from April 16-17.

In their letter directed to PM Modi, the National Indian Students and Alumni Union, UK, wrote, "We the Indian Indian student and alumni community in UK are deeply horrified and demand immediate proceedings against the accused in both cases (Kathu gang-rape and murder and Unnao rape case)".

Amid national outrage over the rapes in Kathua and Unnao, a group of 49 retired civil servants have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, blaming him for what they called a "terrifying state of affairs".

A counter-demonstration titled British Indians Welcome Prime Minister Modi is also planned at the same time at Parliament Square.

An Indian said, "I was travelling in the metro and a Swedish asked which country am I from, I said I am from India and so he said oh! you are from Modi's country and it made me really proud". The Nordic countries have globally recognized strengths in clean technologies, environmental solutions, ports modernization, cold-chains, skill development and innovation.

According to the Europe India Forum, the organisers of Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath event on Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister will address people of all nationalities and backgrounds as questions pour in on social media from far and wide - from the North Pole to New Zealand and Saudi Arabia to San Francisco. "Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation", Modi said in his de parture statement. I had last visited the United Kingdom in November 2015.

Modi said he would also call on the Queen, interact briefly with CEOs of the two nations who are working on a new agenda of economic partnership, launch an Ayurveda Centre of Excellence in London, and welcome the United Kingdom into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

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.