PM's statement prior to his departure to Sweden and UK

PM's statement prior to his departure to Sweden and UK

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On 17th April, I will be in Stockholm on the invitation of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. Prime Minister's connect with the diaspora is sure to leverage the Indian technocrats living in countries such as Sweden to push economic growth in India. Modi will arrive in Stockholm on April 16 in the afternoon in what will be the first visit of a Prime Minister from India to Sweden in 30 years since Rajiv Gandhi's visit in 1988.

India and Sweden will jointly organize the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on April 17, which will be attended by the PM. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order.

He said, Sweden is a valuable partner in India's development initiatives.

The prime minister hoped India's success at the Games inspire more youngsters to pursue sports and create awareness on the virtues of fitness in everybody's lives.

In what has been categorised as an "unprecedented" welcome, Modi will hold not just one but two meetings with his British counterpart Theresa May on Wednesday before they begin formal deliberations as part of the multilateral Commonwealth summit on Thursday.

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"If a person from a backward society like me can become the Prime Minister, it is because of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's contribution", he said. "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. Mr Modi said, his visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement.

PM Modi wrote, "India's contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has made every Indian extremely proud".

He will then head to the United Kingdom with the theme of "Living Bridge" and hold meetings with his British counterpart Theresa May on Wednesday.

During a packed day of activities on Wednesday, Modi is also expected to pay tribute at the Basaveshwara statue on the banks of the river Thames, which he had inaugurated during his last visit to the United Kingdom in 2015.

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.

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

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