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Melinda Barton | 17 April, 2018, 09:16

The Congress leader said if two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir resigned after an eight-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Kathua district, why was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath not removed after he tried defending BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the gang rape of a 17-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district. "Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives", Modi said in a Facebook post. According to Sweden's Ambassador to India Klas Molin, innovation is an important aspect of the India-Sweden relationship.

This apart, Modi and Lofven will attend a round table of Swedish CEOs.

The bilateral leg of the United Kingdom tour begins with PM Modi's talks with Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday morning, during which both leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including separatism, cross-border terrorism, visa and immigration.

Prime Minister Modi will then attend the India-Nordic Summit and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sweden. Instead of owning up and making reparations, the prime minister chose to remain quiet, breaking his silence only when public outrage both in India and internationally reached a point when he could no longer ignore it, the group of 49 former bureaucrats said. On April 17, Modi and his Swedish counterpart, Stefan Lofven, will hold a meeting during which they expect to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Sweden late night on Monday 9:30 p.m.

PM Modi is also scheduled to attend the first India-Nordic Summit on April 17, which is an effort to raise relations with the five countries of the region - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. "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.

My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. The forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi's visit to the UK will focus on enhancing India-UK tech partnership.

Apart from these two nations, he will also visit Germany on April 20 briefly. The External Affairs Ministry had stated that Modi would also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a brief stopover in Berlin on April 20 after concluding his visits to Sweden and the United Kingdom.