King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in Delhi on Monday on a five-day India visit.
The visit is taking place at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. This is the Swedish King’s third visit to India, the earlier visits being in 1993 and 2005.
Apart from official programme in Delhi, the Royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand.
During the visit, the Swedish King will have meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister on bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said in a statement.
India and Sweden have a bilateral trade turnover of US $ 3.37 billion (2018) and cumulative investments of about US $ 2.5 billion (since year 2000), it said.
“The King will lead a high-level business delegation for engagements with Indian counterparts. Several documents on furthering bilateral engagement are likely to be signed,” the statement said.
“Bilateral relations between India and Sweden are friendly and based on principles of democracy and transparency, right to freedom, and rule of law. Regular interactions in political, business, scientific and academic spheres have provided dynamism to our bilateral ties,” it said.