Human rights and democracy are important to Sweden and to the European Union, both domestically and in foreign relations. In 2019, the Swedish government launched the “Drive for Democracy” as its strategic vision for foreign policy. It is also pursuing a feminist foreign policy to promote the rights of women and girls. In April 2018, India and Sweden agreed on a Joint Action Plan to further promote their bilateral cooperation in a number of areas. During the most recent interaction between prime ministers Narendra Modi and Stefan Löfven, which took place as a virtual summit in March 2021, the two leaders reiterated that: “the longstanding close relations between India and Sweden are based on shared values of democracy, rule of law, pluralism, equality, freedom of speech, and respect for human rights”.
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