New Delhi, December 2: Bolstering diplomacy between India and Sweden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held useful discussion with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. The leaders affirmed the common desire of building greater convergences on bilateral, regional and global matters of mutual interest.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived on a state visit to India this morning at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. They were given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is His Majesty’s third visit to India. The King will meet President Ram Nath Kovind this evening.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the King and Queen after their arrival and held discussions on ways to deepen bilateral ties.
Apart from the official program in Delhi, the royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand. Several documents on furthering bilateral engagement are likely to be signed during the five-day visit.
India and Sweden have a bilateral trade turnover of 3.37 billion dollars and cumulative investments of about 2.5 billion dollars. Bilateral relations between India and Sweden are friendly and based on principles of democracy and transparency, right to freedom, and rule of law. Regular interactions in political, business, scientific and academic spheres have provided dynamism to bilateral ties between India and Sweden.