Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Modi's United Kingdom visit: Protests, counter-protests planned

Modi's United Kingdom visit: Protests, counter-protests planned

PM Modi will meet King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Royal Palace in the morning of April 17th, followed by bilateral talks with Löfven and roundtable discussions with the business leaders. The Prime Minister will also take part in India-Nordic Summit.

As thousands of people from across the country take to street to express outrage over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, a group of 49 retired civil servants wrote a strong-worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible for what they called a "terrifying state of affairs".

In what has been categorised as an "unprecedented" welcome, PM 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. "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.

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India and Sweden will on Tuesday also co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit, where, apart from Modi and Lofven, the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will also be present.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, centre, is greeted by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, left, on his arrival at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday April 16, 2018.

Modi would reach Britain on Wednesday. "For India, Nordic countries are a potential source for clean technology, environmental solutions, port modernisation, cold chain, skill development, innovation etc.", said to Subrata Bhattacharjee, Joint Secretary (Central Europe) in the Ministry of External Affairs, at a media briefing here in connection with the upcoming visit.

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Earlier, he visited the United Kingdom in November 2015.

Earlier, ahead of his visit, Modi said in New Delhi he was looking forward to deepening bilateral engagement with both countries in a number of areas including trade, investment and clean energy.

On April 19 and 20, Modi will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the United Kingdom which will take over as the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth from Malta.

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"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 global voice for development issues", Modi had said.

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