India and Sweden signed a security protection agreement that will enable the two countries to share classified information with each other. The agreement was signed during the visit of the Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Sweden.
- Sweden has similar agreements with over 30 countries around the world, as well as with the EU and NATO.
- The agreement will regulate how sensitive information is to be handled, processed and protected. The pact will provide a framework for greater cooperation on the high end and cutting edge technology and manufacturing.
- Indian has proposed dialogue to enable a greater understanding of the successful model of collaboration between government, industry and academia in building technologically advance ecosystem.
- India also thanked Swedish PM Lofven for his support to India’s bid for the permanent seat in the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) and the multilateral export control regime–Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
- Sweden is a Scandinavian country with capital at Stockholm and currency Swedish krona. In April 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Stockholm and had held a meeting with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.