Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in India: Three MoUs signed to strengthen bilateral relations

King Gustaf arrived in New Delhi by Air India plane. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind during his visit. 

Created On: Dec 4, 2019 13:05 ISTModified On: Dec 4, 2019 13:13 IST
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The King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived in India on a five-day visit recently. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind during his visit. There was a discussion between PM Modi and King of Sweden to strengthen the relationship between both countries.

King Gustaf arrived in New Delhi by Air India plane. Air India itself shared his pictures, which later went viral and people praised for his simplicity. He also met Foreign Minister S Jaishankar.

Three MoUs

The talks between King Gustaf and President Kovind end to a positive note. Both leaders signed three agreements for cooperation in the fields of polar science, innovation & research and maritime.

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According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, India and Sweden signed the Protocol of Cooperation. It was signed between the Swedish Energy Agency and Science and Technology of India. Another MoU was signed on Cooperation of Polar Science between the Ministry of Education and Research of Sweden and the Ministry of Earth Sciences of India.

Third MoU was signed between two countries on Recognition of Seafarer Certificates pursuant to recognition I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training. The objective of this MoU is to promote the safety of the maritime environment.

India-Sweden bilateral relations

India is the third-largest trade partner in Sweden after China and Japan in Asia. The trade and investment between the two countries have gained strength in the last few years. Swedish companies have invested extensively in India that includes communication products, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, chemical, and mechanical products, etc.

A number of Indian companies have also invested in Sweden, mainly comprising IT and technology solutions companies. India and Sweden have expressed their commitment to control climate change on every platform and India has invited Sweden to join the International Solar Alliance.

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