Foreign Policy Watch: India – EU

India, Sweden to step up cyber security, defence ties


Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Geographical location of Sweden

Mains level: Proposed plan for enhancing defence cooperation


Call for cooperation

  1. India and Sweden has decided to step up cooperation in cyber security and defence production
  2. They also agreed to strengthen their defence and security ties
    (The Indian PM is currently in Sweden)
  3. The two sides decided to explore the finalisation of a bilateral agreement on exchange and mutual protection of classified information for cooperation in defence

Special emphasis on defence ties

  1. The joint statement said both countries will enhance Indo-Swedish dialogue on defence cooperation
  2. They will also “proceed with India-Sweden defence seminars in India and Sweden in 2018-19 and explore, together with the ISBLRT, opportunities for investment in Defence Production Corridors in India”,
  3. “encourage industry partners to develop supply chains for small and medium sized enterprises with major Defence & Aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers”
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