India and Sweden seem to have finally buried the ghost of Bofors with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country this week – the first by a head of government in three decades – concluding with an agreement to focus on defence ties and security cooperation, among others.
The Bofors scandal, which hung like an albatross around the neck of successive governments in New Delhi since 1987, had soured the relationship between India and Sweden. But ties have slowly come back on track in recent years, so much so that Swedish arms company Saab is now a formidable player in the Indian defence market.
Modi, in his speech in Stockholm Tuesday, said the two countries were aiming for a “win-win” partnership. He also lauded the countries’ past partnership in defence, expressing confidence that new opportunities in defence production would be created in the future.
“Sweden has been India’s partner for a long time in the defence sector, and I believe that in the future, in this area, especially in defence production, many new opportunities will be created for our cooperation,” the PM said.
By: Defence Aviation Post
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