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India, Sweden to strengthen defence and security coop

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PMNarendra Modi shaks hands with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven during a meeting at the Rosenbad government headquarters in Stockholm. / AFP PHOTO / PIB

Stockholm: India and Sweden today decided to strengthen their defence and security cooperation, and agreed on an innovation partnership for a ‘win-win” outcome as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his Swedish counterpart. In a joint press statement after his talks with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Modi said they focused on how Sweden can help India in its development journey.

The two sides have agreed an innovation partnership and a Joint Action Plan, the Prime Minister said.  Modi said India and Sweden have agreed to strengthen their defence and security cooperation, including in areas of defence production and cyber security.

On his part, Swedish Prime Minister lauded India “global power” and said the two countries are a “perfect match”. There has been an intensification of cooperation in areas such as green technology and smart cities.  Lofven said India and Sweden have agreed to work on a security agreement.