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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Monday evening to a warm welcome on the first leg of his three-nation tour of Europe that will also see him going to Britain and Germany. Breaking protocol, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven received Modi at the airport here with a warm handshake. This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years after the visit of Rajiv Gandhi in 1988. On Tuesday, Modi will hold a bilateral summit with Lofven following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed.
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India and Sweden will on Tuesday also co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit, where, apart from Modi and Lofven, the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will also be present. Modi will hold separate bilateral meetings with the leaders of the other four Nordic countries on the sidelines of the summit. From Sweden, Modi will leave for Britain where he will hold a bilateral summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May on April 18.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by the Indian Community, on his arrival in Stockholm, Sweden on April 16, 2018.