Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Indian Diaspora in Sweden's Stockholm University. PM Modi is on the first leg of the three-nation tour to Sweden and United Kingdom and Germany. After the interaction, he will travel to London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting today.
During the interaction with the Indian Diaspora in Sweden, PM Modi said that after four years of efforts, the world today sees India as a dependable partner. The Prime Minister highlighted several achievements of the Indian government which are helping elevation of poverty, increase health care and strengthen ease of doing business through 'sabka sath, sabka vikas',
Highlighting the importance of non-resident Indians in the development story of the nation, he invited the Diaspora to invest in India. "Emerging New India a pool for investment opportunity for Diaspora. To trade, innovate and invest, come to India. We are waiting for you, " PM Modi said at the Stockholm University.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi's address at Stockholm University
Watch PM Modi's full speech at Stockholm University, Sweden:
12:25 am: PM Modi takes leave amid chants of 'Modi-Modi'. He will fly next to London.
12:24 am: To trade, innovate and invest, come to India. We are waiting for you: PM Modi to the Indian diaspora in Sweden
12:23 am: Emerging New India a pool for investment opportunity for Diaspora: PM
A focus on 'Ease of Living.' pic.twitter.com/fXFckrKXEz— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 17, 2018
12:19 am: Programmes like Ayushman Bharat are not just reforms, it's transformation, we will transform India: PM
12:18 am: There used to just slogans about Garibi Hatao, now empowerment is a tool especially for poverty-stricken women: PM
12:16 am: 120 million loans sanctioned under Mudra Yojna, 74% beneficiaries women: PM Modi
12:12 am: Removal of ghost beneficiaries of social welfare schemes has helped save over 12 billion dollars: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 17, 2018
12:05 am: In last four years, we have taken steps which have increased the world's faith in India: PM
12:03 am: The world today looks at India as a dependable friend and ally: PM Modi
11:58 pm: I am touched by the gestures of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven who himself received me at airport, says PM Modi
11:57 pm: PM Modi thanks Sweden PM for great hospitality during his visit
11:56 pm: PM Modi begins addressing the Indian Diaspora at Stockholm University
11:55 pm: The Indian community in Sweden is vibrant and it contributes to our culture and economy. Today is a special day for India-Sweden relations: Swedish PM Stefan Löfven at the Community Programme
11:50 pm: PM Modi reaches Stockholm University, to address the diaspora shortly
11:30 pm: "This is my first visit to Sweden. India and Sweden share warm and friendly ties. Our partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rule-based global order," PM Modi had said before embarking on the tour.
11:00 pm: Earlier in the day, the prime minister met with the leaders of the five Nordic countries at the First India-Nordic Summit here and discussed ways to enhance ties with them.
10:30 pm: PM Modi had met with Indian Diaspora in Stockholm after his arrival yesterday.
PM @narendramodi reached Stockholm a short while ago, where he was welcomed by @SwedishPM Mr. Stefan Löfven.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 16, 2018
Here are some pictures from the warm welcome for PM Modi by the Indian community in Stockholm. pic.twitter.com/C992DsaXd0
10:00 pm: "Bonding together with a region representing quality and innovation and potential to be our partners in development. PM @narendramodi with Nordic leaders from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Finland at the First India-Nordic Summit," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. The Nordic countries comprise Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
09:30 pm: Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Finnish Premier Juha Sipila, Iceland Premier Katrin Jakobsdottir, Norwegian Premier Erna Solberg and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven were present in the Summit meeting.
09:00 pm: "Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives. PM Lofven and I will also have the opportunity to interact with top business leaders of both the countries and chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, innovation, S&T, skill development, smart cities, clean energy, digitization and health. I would also call on His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden," PM Modi had said on April 15.