Prime Minister Narender Modi had a string of bilateral meetings with Nordic countries. The discussions were between the counterparts from Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland. This was the second India- Nordic summit which happened between the countries. This year’s summit advanced in Copenhagen, Denmark.
PM Modi discussed several issues like climate change, green energy, blue economy, health, education, research including the much anticipated Russia -Ukraine war. Modi said “Nordic countries and India shared values of freedom and democracy , rules based order.”
The PM arrived on Tuesday in the Danish capital and met the leaders. During the summit Prime Minister Narender Modi pledged to continue to focus on deeper cooperation and emphasised on international peace and security. The leaders also talked about post pandemic economic recovery .
PM Modi also invited the countries to invest in India’s blue economy especially in the Sagarmala Project . PM during the summit first met Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store and tweeted “Our talks included furthering cooperation in sectors such as blue economy, clean energy, space, healthcare and more.” Modi reiterated that Norway is the key pillar of India’s recently announced Arctic policy.
During his meeting with Swedish leader Magdalena Andersson they discussed ways to deepen the bilateral relationship including key sectors like security, IT, research and innovation. He also voiced for stronger people to people connect.
The External Affairs Ministry said “Mr. Modi lauded Iceland PM Katrin Jakobsdottir for achieving and promoting gender equality.” While having a meeting with Finish counterpart Sanna Marin, PM Modi focussed on building up ties in sectors such as trade, investment,technology,culture among others.
During the meeting PM Modi presented offerings to counterparts which reflected India’s diverse heritage and showcased traditions of various regions. Among the presents, silver Meenakari Bird from Varanasi was gifted to the Crown Princess of Denmark. A Dokra Boat from Chhattisgarh was given to Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark. A beautiful Rogan painting from Gujarat was honoured to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Mr modi tweeted “ The India – Nordic summit will go a long way in boosting India’s ties with the region.’’ Modi emphasised that nations can achieve and contribute to global prosperity and sustainable development. The summit gave India the opportunity to review the progress of its tie with Nordic countries which was last held in 2018 in Stockholm.