PM Modi Ends 3-Nation Tour With a ‘Wonderful’ Meeting With Merkel
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. (Photo: AP/PTI)

PM Modi Ends 3-Nation Tour With a ‘Wonderful’ Meeting With Merkel

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"Opportunity for India, UK to Infuse Fresh Momentum"

From Sweden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the UK on Tuesday, 17 April, where he will also attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), besides holding bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.

"My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas of healthcare, innovation, digitisation, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security," the Prime Minister of India said.

He further added, "Under the theme of 'Living Bridge,’ I will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship."

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 UK into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

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PM Itinerary in Sweden

In the first leg of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Sweden's capital Stockholm where he will hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, besides attending an India-Nordic summit.

“India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order. Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives,” Modi said in a Facebook post.

Modi said he and Lofven would also interact with top business leaders of both the countries and chart out a future roadmap of cooperation in sectors such as trade and investment, science and technology, clean energy, and smart cities.

The Prime Minister said he would also call on King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

India and Sweden will also jointly organise the India-Nordic summit in Stockholm on Tuesday, 17 April, which is scheduled to be attended by the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, 20 April, terming the meeting “wonderful”.

Modi’s brief stop-over in Berlin marked the last leg of his three-nation tour to the UK, Sweden and Germany. In the UK, Modi attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and held a series of bilateral meetings, including with UK PM Theresa May. He also addressed a diaspora event called ‘Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ in London.

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  • The Commonwealth Summit was opened by Queen Elizabeth as a discussion towards a common future
  • The PM also met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace during his visit to the UK
  • At the ‘Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ event on 18 April, Modi brought up the Kathua rape incident, as he slammed politicisation of rapes

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'Historic Visit by PM Modi': Indian Ambassador to Sweden and Latvia

The Indian Ambassador to Sweden and Latvia, Monika Kapil Mohta, hailed PM Modi’s impending Swedish visit as a ‘historic visit’, as it is the first in 30 years.

It is a historic visit by Prime Minister of India, it is happening after gap of 30 years. There is a busy schedule lined up for the PM. On the agenda will be issues such as innovation and technology. An exceptional gesture is being made by Sweden. Swedish PM will go, for the first time ever, to receive any foreign dignitary at the airport. We are proud of the fact that he will be there to receive our PM.

Modi To Call on The Queen During His London Visit

"My visit to London presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement. I will be focusing on enhancing India-UK partnership in the areas of healthcare, innovation, digitisation, electric mobility, clean energy, and cyber security," the prime minister said on his upcoming visit to the United Kingdom.

"Under the theme of 'Living Bridge', I will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship," he said.

Modi 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 UK into the International Solar Alliance, as its newest member.

Togadia Slams PM's Foreign Tour When 'Daughters Are Not Safe'

Former VHP leader Pravin Togadia, who is going to sit on an indefinite fast from tomorrow, kept up his attack on Narendra Modi saying the prime minister is going abroad when "daughters are not safe".

The state spokesperson of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, meanwhile, came out in Togadia's support, claiming that the entire Gujarat unit was behind the firebrand leader.

"Today our soldiers are not safe on borders, farmers are committing suicide and our daughters are not safe in their homes. And yet, our prime minister has embarked on a foreign tour," Togadia told reporters.

PM Modi Arrives in Stockholm, Received by Swedish PM at Airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Stockholm during the wee hours of Tuesday, 17 April. He was received by Swedish PM Stefan Lofven at the airport.

Soon after his arrival, Modi met people from the Indian community in Stockholm.

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'Discussions Will be on How Nordic Countries Can Help in India's Development Programmes'

Speaking about the significance of the India-Nordic Summit in Sweden, Vani Rao, the Indian Ambassador to Finland, told ANI:

This will be the first India-Nordic Summit here (in Sweden). PM Modi will hold discussions with PMs of five Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The discussions will be on how they can help in India’s development programmes.
Vani Rao, Indian Ambassador to Finland
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Indian Community Welcomes Modi in Stockholm

The Indian community in Sweden gave a warm welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival in Stockholm.

Modi landed in Stockholm, Sweden, in the early hours of Tuesday for a two-day visit.

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    PM Modi is greeted by the Indian community in Stockholm
    PM Modi is greeted by the Indian community in Stockholm(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BJPLive)
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    PM Modi meets Indian diaspora in Stockholm, Sweden
    PM Modi meets Indian diaspora in Stockholm, Sweden(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BJPLive)
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    PM Modi is greeted by the Indian community in Stockholm
    PM Modi is greeted by the Indian community in Stockholm(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BJPLive)
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    PM Modi meets Indian diaspora in Stockholm, Sweden
    PM Modi meets Indian diaspora in Stockholm, Sweden(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BJPLive)
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PM Modi Meets King of Sweden

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the King of Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf, in Stockholm. Modi and Gustaf exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors.

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PM Modi Holds Bilateral Talks With Swedish Counterpart

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, 17 April, had a "productive exchange" of views on bilateral and regional issues with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven and called on Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Addressing a joint press statement, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven affirmed that India and Sweden were to work on a security agreement.

PM Modi said the two countries had also agreed to strengthen defence and security cooperation, along with an innovation partnership and a joint action plan.

Kumar said the two leaders had a "productive exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues." Earlier, Prime Minister Modi called on King Gustaf and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation across several sectors.

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PM Modi Meets Iceland Counterpart

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Iceland counterpart, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, in Stockholm.

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PM Modi Address Indian Diaspora at Stockholm University

“Namaskar everyone,” said Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, as he welcomed PM Modi for his address to the Indian community at the Stockholm University.

Amidst thundering applause, PM Modi greeted the Indian community. He expressed gratitude to the King of Sweden, PM Lofven and the citizens for extending a warm welcome to him and his delegation, ANI reported.

“Language can be different, circumstances varied, but there is one thing that binds is all – and that is of being Indian,” Modi said in his emphatic address.

Whether it be Africa or the small countries of a Pacific Ocean, or ASEAN, Europe or Asian countries, PM Modi said, all of them view India as a “trustworthy friend.”

“Now, empowerment is a tool, especially for women, who have been poverty stricken,” Modi said, highlighting that there has been a significant departure from sloganeering about ‘Garibi Hatao.’

Wooing the Indian diaspora in Sweden, the PM said, “Come to India to trade, innovate and invest.”

All these programmes are not reforms. This is transformation. This is our promise. We will transform India. The road ahead is long but we have our destination in sight and determination in heart.
PM Modi 

Harping on his ‘New India’ vision, the prime minister urged the predominantly Indian audience to become a part of the present wave of innovation in the country.

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PM Modi Departs From Stockholm for London

Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed from Stockholm for London on Tuesday, 17 April. He will hold a meeting with UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London.

(Photo: ANI)
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PM Modi Arrives at London's Heathrow Airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London on Wednesday, 18 April.

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PM Modi Meets UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

(Photo: ANI)
(Photo: ANI)
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Indian Community Welcomes Modi in London

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by the Indian community outside St James Court Hotel in London, reported ANI.

Modi will speak on ‘Bharat Ki Baat , Sab Ke Saath’ in Central Hall Westminster at 9 pm (IST). Priti Patel, Member of Parliament for Witham, Essex, also welcomed Modi.

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PM Modi Meets Theresa May

Prime Minister Modi met his United Kingdom counterpart, Theresa May, at 10, Downing Street in London, reported ANI. Modi held bilateral talks with May with trade, cyber security, innovation and technology high on agenda during meeting.

PM Modi meets UK PM Theresa May in London.
PM Modi meets UK PM Theresa May in London.
(Photo: PIB)
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Modi Pays Tribute to 12th Century Lingayat Philosopher Basaveshwara

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes at the bust of Basaveshwara (12th-century Lingayat philosopher) at Albert Embankment Gardens on the banks of the River Thames.

Following the ceremony, the Prime Minister tweeted, “On his Jayanti, I bow to Bhagwan Basaveshwara. He has a special place in our history and culture. His emphasis on social harmony, brotherhood, unity and compassion always inspires us. Bhagwan Basaveshwara brought our society together and gave importance to knowledge.”

PM Modi Meets Prince Charles

Prime Minister Modi met Prince Charles in London where they together visited an exhibition on '5000 Years of Science and Innovation'.

The event, billed as the centrepiece of the "Living Bridge" theme of the India-UK bilateral visit, will involve the PM addressing questions from across the world which have already been received via social media.

Post-Brexit UK Will Be Just as Important to India, Says Modi

Britain will be just as important to India after it leaves the EU as it is now, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his British counterpart Theresa May.

"Prime Minister Modi said there would be no dilution in the importance of the UK to India post-Brexit," May’s spokeswoman said in a statement. "He said the City of London was of great importance to India for accessing the global markets and would remain so," the statement further added.

Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019 but has negotiated a conditional transition or implementation period to last until January 2021.

"May said the implementation period agreed in March gives Indian companies and investors the confidence that market access will continue on current terms until the end of 2020," the statement said.

"She reiterated that the UK will remain committed to global free trade and investment and that the UK will remain a leading hub for global finance," it added.

Modi, May Hold Talks on Infusing New Energy Into Post-Brexit Bilateral Ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart discussed ways to boost cooperation between India and UK.

During a discussion on legal matters concerning both countries, which is likely to have covered extradition matters, May welcomed the return of the "Chennai Six", the former British soldiers accused of piracy who were freed from an Indian jail last year, to the UK.

The two leaders said trade between the UK and India had grown strongly over the last year and agreed to build on the recommendations of the UK-India Joint Trade Review to reduce barriers to trade, to make it easier to do business in both countries and enable a stronger bilateral trade relationship for the future.

May and Modi discussed a new UK-India Tech Partnership, which will create thousands of jobs and generate significant investment in both our economies.

Looking ahead at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on Thursday, they also agreed on the importance of working together to build a more "sustainable, prosperous, secure and fairer future" for all Commonwealth citizens.

A "flash mob" of sari-clad women from Indian Ladies in UK, accompanied by dhols, had gathered outside Downing Street to welcome the Indian PM with banners such as "In India, peace is always in fashion".

Also Read : Kathua Rape: Angry Londoners Greet Modi With ‘Not Welcome’ Signs

PM Modi Arrives at London Central Hall Westminster

PM Modi arrives at London's Central Hall Westminster for ‘Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ event.

PM Modi brought up the heinous Kathua Rape at the London event and said, “We must question our sons, not daughters.”

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'India Knows How to Teach a Lesson to Those Exporting Terror': PM Modi on Surgical Strikes

During the interaction at the 'Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath' event in UK, PM Modi brought up the issue of surgical strikes against Pakistan saying, "India knows how to teach a lesson to those who run the industry of exporting terror and killing Indians."

When someone has put a terror export factory in place, attacks my people, has no power to fight a war and makes attempts to attack behind the back, in such a scenario, Modi knows how to answer in the same language.
PM Modi in London
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'Need of the Hour is to Make Development a Mass Movement': PM Modi

Emphasising on the "development" and "pro-poor" agenda of his government, Modi told the Indian community in London that "the need of the hour is to make development a mass movement".

The days of incremental change are over, he said at the Central Hall in Westminster.

I do not need to read books to understand poverty. I have lived in poverty. I know what it is to be poor and belong to the backward sections of the society. I want to work for the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden.
PM Modi in London

Asserting that he was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of India's poor, Modi said:

If you will see where we stand in comparison to the previous government, I can affirm that we left no stone unturned in doing good for the country on every parameter. Before 2014, newspapers used to have headlines ‘Aaj Itna Gaya’. Today’s news is ‘Modi ji Kitna Aaya’?
PM Modi in London
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'I Will Go to Israel and Even to Palestine': PM Modi on His Brand of Foreign Policy

Speaking about his brand of foreign policy, Modi told the Indian community in London that he seeks cooperation with various countries even though they might be at conflict with each other.

What prevented Indian prime ministers from going to Israel? Yes, I will go to Israel and I will even go to Palestine. I will further cooperation with Saudi Arabia, and for the energy needs of India, I will also engage with Iran.
PM Modi in London

He further asserted that the power of the Indian passport has increased, with people looking at the Indian community with pride.

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'A Rape is a Rape': PM Modi Slams Politicisation of the Issue

Speaking at the London event, PM Modi also brought up the heinous Kathua rape and said, “We must question our sons, not daughters.”

A young girl getting raped is very painful and deplorable. But would we start saying your government had these many rapes and my government has these many? A rape is a rape. How can we tolerate such an atrocity against our daughters?
PM Modi in London

PM Modi Meets Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an audience with Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace in London on 18 April, as part of his official visit to the UK.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia)

PM Modi Will Attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Thursday at the Buckingham Palace. He will begin his day by visiting the International Media Centre at Marlborough House.

The summit will be opened by Queen Elizabeth at 10 am (local time). Leaders of 53 Commonwealth nations will be attending the summit.

The first hour of the session is the executive session which will be held at Lancaster House at 12:15 pm (local time) followed by a second executive session at 2:30 pm (local time). 

Various bilateral meetings are expected to take place on the sidelines of the executive sessions.

According to ANI, Queen Elizabeth will host a reception dinner for the leaders of the commonwealth nation in the evening.

Denied Permission to Attend PM Modi's Event, Claims UK Student Group

A student group in UK has claimed that they were denied permission to attend Prime Minister Modi’s event in London on Wednesday, 18 April.

In a Facebook post, the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU UK) has claimed that despite having confirmation, their delegates were not given tickets for ‘Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath’ where Prime Minister Modi was expected to respond to their letter on the issue safety of women in India.

Further, the group of students have alleged that their signatories were pressurised to retract ahead of the event.

A member of the group asked Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale the reason for the cancellation to which the Foreign Secretary refused to comment and thee High Commissioner advised them to wait for the Prime Minister to address, reported NDTV.

PM Modi Arrives for The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet, Queen Delivers Speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Buckingham Palace to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet. Modi was received by UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May.

PM Modi being received by Theresa May for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet.
PM Modi being received by Theresa May for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/PMOIndia)

Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the summit for what may be the last time.

With her speech, her Majesty declared the 2018 CHOGM open - a discussion towards a common future.

Queen Elizabeth addressing the CHOGM.
Queen Elizabeth addressing the CHOGM.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ @RoyalFamily)
Having on so many occasions been welcomed to opening ceremonies around the Commonwealth, it is a pleasure this time to welcome you to my own home. It remains a great pleasure and honour to serve you as Head of the Commonwealth and to observe, with pride and satisfaction, that this is a flourishing network.
Queen Elizabeth

Queen also made her first direct intervention into a succession plan for the Commonwealth, indicating that she would like her son and heir, Prince Charles, to take over as the Head of the 53-member organisation.

It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations – and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales will carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.

Modi Holds Bilateral Talks with Hasina, 10 Others on CHOGM Sidelines

PM Modi holds meeting with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on the sidelines of the CHOGM
PM Modi holds meeting with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on the sidelines of the CHOGM
(Photo: ANI)
PM Modi meets with Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbua on the sidelines of the CHOGM
PM Modi meets with Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbua on the sidelines of the CHOGM
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/MEAIndia)
PM Modi and President of Seychelles meet at the sidelines of CHOGM.
PM Modi and President of Seychelles meet at the sidelines of CHOGM.
(Photo: ANI)
PM Modi meets with President of Gambia, Adama Barrow on the sidelines of  the CHOGM.
PM Modi meets with President of Gambia, Adama Barrow on the sidelines of  the CHOGM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral meetings, including his counterparts from Bangladesh, Australia and the President of Seychelles, on the sidelines of the multilateral Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on Thursday.

Modi interacted with Sheikh Hasina as well, their first meeting since the Bangladeshi Prime Minister's visit to New Delhi last year.

However, officials have indicated that no meeting or interaction has been requested or scheduled with the Pakistani Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, so far.

Some of the other world leaders expected to have one-on-one deliberations with the Indian prime minister during the CHOGM include Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness.

Gambian President Adama Barrow, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and the President of Seychelles Danny Faure are also on the list.

PM Modi Attends Dinner Hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin

After his visits to Sweden and UK, PM Narendra Modi briefly stopped over at Berlin, Germany, on Friday, 20 April, where attended a dinner hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Modi said he had a "wonderful meeting" with Merkel and discussed multiple aspects relating to bilateral cooperation as well as other global issues.

The two leaders discussed ways to further strengthen India-Germany cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, adding that Modi's visit "demonstrates India's mutual desire to strengthen the strategic partnership".

Modi's meeting with Merkel comes after German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's trip to India last month, which focused on boosting economic and strategic ties between the two countries, reported PTI.

Germany is India's largest trade partner in the European Union bloc.

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