Sweden and India have launched a partnership for environmental innovations, announced Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S) and his Indian colleague Narendra Modi, who is visiting Stockholm. Both heads of government are promising greater defence and security cooperation as well.
Löfven explained that the countries are working on a security agreement including the exchange of confidential information for defence purposes. Cyber-security was used as an example.
Prior to the meeting, there had been speculation around the possibility of India buying Gripen aircraft, a deal estimated to be worth SEK 100 billion. “This is nothing that can be decided at a meeting like this. India has an open and transparent process and I think that is good, but once again, it is India who is to decide,” said the prime minister.
Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe is extremely positive about a Gripen deal with India and says India will make a decision within two to three years.
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