Indian Parliamentary led by Hon’ble Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mr. Surenderjeet Singh Ahluwalia visits Sweden from May 28-31, 2017

Indian Parliamentary led by Hon’ble Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mr. Surenderjeet Singh Ahluwalia visits Sweden from May 28-31, 2017

 

An Indian Parliamentary delegation, led by Hon’ble Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Surenderjeet Singh Ahluwalia, visited Sweden from May 28-31, 2017 for promoting and strengthening parliamentary relations between the two countries.

The Parliamentary delegation, among others, comprised nine Members of Parliament – Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, MP(LS), BJD; Shri Amdayala Paddu Jithender Reddy, MP(LS),TRS; Shri Chandrakant Bhaurao Khaire, MP(LS), Shiv Sena; Shri Ram Kumar Verma, MP(RS), BJP; Shri Manchacheri Kuppadakkath Raghavan, MP(LS), INC; Shri Palanivel Kumar, MP(LS), AIADMK; Shri Chintakunta Munaiah Ramesh, MP(RS), TDP; Shri Mohammed Faizal Padippura, MP(LS), NCP; and Shri Yerram Venkata Subba Reddy, MP(LS), YSRCP – and Shri Rajiv Yadav, Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs.

The Indian delegation, led by Hon’ble Minister, met Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, Mr. Ibrahim Baylan, on May 29 at the Prime Minister’s Office; and Speaker of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) Mr. Urban Ahlin, and Foreign Minister Ms. Margot Wallström on May 30.

The Ministerial delegation visited Swedish Parliament on May 30 and met Ms. Asa Coenraads, Chairman of the India-Sweden Parliamentary Association in the Riksdag, who was joined by a couple of other Parliamentarians. The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Swedish Parliament, Mr. Kenneth G. Forslund, hosted a working lunch in honour of the Indian delegation. A dozen other Swedish Parliamentarians and officials also participated in the luncheon interaction and exchanged views and information on a wide range of issues of mutual interest.

Hon’ble Minister, in his meetings with the Swedish dignitaries thanked Sweden for its consistent and unequivocal support to India’s candidature to the expanded permanent membership of the UN Security Council and membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. He expressed satisfaction at the continued strengthening of bilateral relations and underlined importance of Parliamentary relations between the two democracies, including upcoming visit of the Speaker of Swedish Riksdag to India. The Minister discussed the entire gamut of bilateral political and economic relations. in addition to other issues of global concern. He emphasized on the threat posed by international terrorism globally, and especially in the South Asian region, and the need for the international community to join hands to combat this global menace, including its state-sponsorship and funding. The Minister stressed that these perpetrators of terror were not small-time anarchists; but rather they were well-educated, well-motivated, well-trained, well-armed, well-connected and well-funded terrorists. The Minister sought Swedish support for the Global Convention against International Terrorism at the UN.

The Minister and his delegation also interacted with the Indian Diaspora in Sweden, representatives of Swedish Parliament, Government, business community and industry at a Reception, hosted by Indian Ambassador Monika Kapil Mohta on May 28. During the Reception, the Indian delegation was also given a presentation on India-Sweden economic relations by the Chairman of the Sweden-India Business Council.

The visit of this high-level Parliamentary delegation from India is expected to re-energize the existing high-level contacts between India and Sweden and further strengthen bilateral relations.

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Stockholm, May 31, 2017



Indian Parliamentary led by Hon’ble Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mr. Surenderjeet Singh Ahluwalia visits Sweden from May 28-31, 2017