THE Nordic countries have supported India’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council-UNSC- expanded with both permanent and non-permanent members. After the Indo-Nordic Summit attended by five prime ministers held at Stockholm the Nordic countries agree that India is a strong candidate for a permanent seat in a reform security council. The Nordic countries have also welcomed India’s application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the summit along with his counterparts of Nordic countries, has reaffirmed the importance of free trade as a catalyst for achieving inclusive growth and realising the sustainable development goals. The Summit was hosted by the Indian and the Swedish Prime Ministers was attended by their counterparts of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Summit emphasised the Indian Government’s strong commitment to innovation and digital initiatives as key to prosperity and sustainable development, with national flagship programmes such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India and Clean India. The Summit welcomed the Nordic Sustainable Cities Project aimed at supporting the Smart Cities Programme of the Government of India. The Prime Ministers have acknowledged that terrorism and violent extremism are major challenges facing the humanity disturbing international peace and solidarity for economic development. They were unanimous that women’s empowerment and their meaningful participation in political, social and economic spheres must be ensured for inclusive. The summit also emphasised India’s strong commitment to innovation and digital initiatives for prosperity and sustainable development with national flagship programmes such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India and Clean India. Afterr bilateral discussions between Modi and his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven, the two countries signed a joint Innovation Partnership in various spheres. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi has an audience with King of Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf.PM Modi had also bilateral talks the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway besides attending the first ever India-Nordic summit .PM Modi addressed the Indian Diaspora living in Sweden and Denmark at the Sweden University. He asked them to connect with their homeland not just emotionally but also through innovation. The discussions with the Nordic nations focused on innovative technologies especially relating to Smart Cities, renewable energy, growth, trade, investment and climate change. They are convinced that India was keen on building closer relations with them and agreed to extend cooperation. Prime Minister Modi had also interaction with the Swedish Business leaders before arriving at London for attending the CHOGAM. In the t United Kingdom, Modi will hold bilateral talks besides attending The Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit on Thursday and Friday. .Prime minister will meet Queen Elizabeth 11, Prince Charles and his counterpart Theresa May.He will meet investors and CEOs to woo them to invest in India and will address a unique event Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath .It will be an interactive conversation to be held at Central London in which Prime Minister will answer questions concerning India.