Chinese officials on Monday said Sweden's H&M and other foreign companies should not make rash moves or step into politics after the companies raised concerns about forced labor in Xinjiang, sparking furious online backlash and boycotts. Bryan Wood reports.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that last year, he and his party leaders collectively warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi about COVID-19 virus and requested him to take action to save economy, small-scale industry and migrant labourers but media mocked him. "Last year in Feb, all Congress leaders and I collectively said to PM that India is going to be affected by COVID. You start preparing to save economy, migrant labourers and small-scale industry. Press mocked me and said I am trying to scare people,' he said.
Sweden Ambassador to India, Klas Molin, on March 06 said that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and India will be negotiated at an aggregate level as per the special mechanism set up during the last summit. "Trade agreements, as Sweden is member of EU, is negotiated by European Commission. Talks on for investment and trade, special mechanism was set up during last summit between India and EU so agreements on it will be negotiated at aggregate level," said Molin. On Mar 05, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual interaction with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven where the two leaders discussed bilateral ties and called for further cooperation on climate change.
While addressing a press conference in the national capital on March 05, the Secretary (West) in Minister of External Affairs (MEA), Vikas Swarup spoke on India-Sweden virtual summit. Swarup said, "Regular high-level interactions between the two countries reflect the strong commitment on both sides for deepening the multifaceted partnership." "During the summit, both leaders (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swedish PM Stefan Lofven) underlined that the long-standing close relations between India and Sweden are based on the shared values of democracy, rule of law, pluralism, equality, freedom of speech and respect for human rights," he added. "They reaffirmed their strong commitment to work for multilateralism, rules-based international orders, counter-terrorism, peace and security," MEA Secretary (West) further stated.
Russian Envoy Nikolay Kudashev on April 14 said that India and Russia ties remain equal, solid, comprehensive, coherent and forward looking despite any global turbulence. "Our ties remain equal, solid,..