PM’s opening remarks at India-Sweden Virtual Summit


  • First of all, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences and on behalf of India for the loss of lives in Sweden from COVID-19.
  • I would like to express solidarity with the Swedish people on behalf of all Indian citizens for the violent attack in Sweden a day before yesterday.
  • We wish that those injured in the attack recover soon. Excellency, In 2018, Sweden held the first India-Nordic summit.
  • At that time, I had the opportunity to come to Stockholm. I hope we will get a chance to meet again during the second India-Nordic summit soon.
  • The visit of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty to India in 2019 was a great privilege for us. I had a very good discussion with them on many subjects.
  • I vividly remember that His Majesty and I reviewed the collaboration about making crop stubble a briquette for use in power plants.
  • You will be happy to know that its demonstration plant is doing a good job. Now we can use it to make coal from biomass and scale up extensively.
  • Excellency, During COVID-19, we have recognized the importance of collaboration at both regional and global levels.
  • India provided medicines and other essential equipment to more than 150 countries to support the world in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Also, we shared our experiences with frontline health workers and policy makers from Asia, South-East Asia and Africa through online training programmes.
  • We have also made available ‘Made in India’ vaccines to about 50 countries so far. We are committed to supplying vaccines to many more countries in the coming days.
  • Excellency, In today’s environment, coordination, cooperation and collaboration between all like-minded countries have become more important.
  • Shared values like democracy, human rights, rule of law, equality, freedom, justice strengthen our relations and mutual cooperation.
  • The important issue of climate change is a priority for both of our countries and we would like to work with you on this.
  • India’s culture has always given importance to preservation of the environment and living in harmony with nature.

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