Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Stockholm on Saturday for his first visit as the External Affairs Minister to Sweden. During his three-day visit, he is scheduled to participate in the second EU Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum (EIPMF) and also hold bilateral meetings with Swedish officials on the sidelines of the summit.
The Minister is also expected to attend the inaugural session of the India Trilateral Forum involving India, Europe, and the US, with his Swedish counterpart Tobias Billstrom. In addition, Jaishankar will discuss India-EU relations during his visit as Sweden currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
On his arrival, Jaishankar tweeted, "From Dhaka to Stockholm, but still discussing the Indo-Pacific. Arrived in Sweden for the EU Indo-Pacific Ministerial."
He also mentioned meeting the Foreign Minister of Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan, at the forum.
The visit is significant as India and Sweden are celebrating 75 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This will also be the first ministerial meeting of the India-EU Trade and Technology Council in Brussels, which Jaishankar will attend along with Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution, and Textiles Piyush Goyal, and Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw.
Jaishankar arrived in Sweden from Bangladesh where he addressed the 6th Indian Ocean Conference on Friday.