Swedish King holds extensive talks with President, PM to expand bilateral cooperation

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf held extensive talks with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expand overall bilateral cooperation in diverse areas.

These included trade and investment, innovation and culture.

Welcoming King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at Rashtrapati Bhawan last evening at a banquet in their honour, President Ram Nath Kovind said that India-Sweden bilateral trade and investment relations are gaining strength.

He said that India sees Sweden as a key partner in its Make in India, Start-up India, Clean India, Digital India and Smart City programmes. He invited Sweden to join the International Solar Alliance.

Later, the two sides inked three pacts providing for cooperation in polar science, innovation and research and in maritime spheres.

Earlier, Prime Minister 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 engagement in research and development.

The dialogue aims to jointly formulate and implement short and long-term projects in strategic areas such as circular economy, digital health, artificial intelligence, sustainable energy and future mobility.

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