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Sustainable cities in focus during the Indian State Visit


India’s President Shri Pranab Mukherjee continued his State Visit in Sweden on Monday. The day’s agenda included a meeting with the Prime Minister at Rosenbad.

India’s President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a meeting at Rosenbad during the State Visit to Sweden.
India’s President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a meeting at Rosenbad during the State Visit to Sweden. Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices

On Monday morning, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received the President for official talks at Rosenbad. Mr Mukherjee and Mr Löfven discussed issues such as growing trade between Sweden and India and broad bilateral cooperation covering such areas as the environment, renewable energy and health.

In connection with the meeting at Rosenbad, a number of agreements between India and Sweden were signed, including a memorandum of understanding on sustainable urban development. The aim of the memorandum of understanding is to promote cooperation on matters concerning sustainable and integrated urban planning and land use, waste management, sustainable transport systems, water and sanitation.

Visit to Stockholm City Hall and tour of Hammarby Sjöstad

During the afternoon, the President was received by representatives of Stockholm City at Stockholm City Hall. Together with the King and Queen, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, the President attended a presentation there on the topic of sustainable urban development.  

Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology Mehmet Kaplan joined the President and the King later in the afternoon for a boat tour of Hammarby Sjöstad. During the boat tour, a roundtable discussion was held on how homes can be built in more sustainable and environmentally friendly ways.

The second day of the State Visit concluded with the King and Queen hosting a traditional gala dinner for the President at the Royal Palace.