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PM Modi’s visit to develop India-UK relationship


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a three-day visit to Britain today. He will reach London this afternoon and start his visit by initiating talks with David Cameron. He will then address a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) post the bilateral talks.

“Leaving for UK. I am hopeful this visit will strengthen economic ties between India and UK & bring more investment to India. #makeinindia,” he tweeted before his departure.


He will pay a brief tribute to the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament Square, followed by an address at the House of Parliament. He would also deliver a speech at the Guildhall in the financial hub of London.

David Cameron indicates initiation on talks of defence, development partnership, security, climate change and energy in India-UK.

He is also expected to visit Jaguar Land Rover PLC, a premium automaker now owned by TATA, to represent India providing jobs to British people.

It is also a personal success for Modi, as he was boycotted by Britain for a decade post the Gujarat riots. But Cameron lifted the boycott in late 2012 and engaged in talks with Modi.

The international politics of both the countries have changed in the last 12 years. Economically strapped Britain has been seeking out China and India while an economically budding India is slowly attaining a position of some merit in international settings.

His visit to the UK is the first Prime Ministerial meeting in nearly a decade. He has had the opportunity to meet Cameron at various international forums, which have led to productive results. Cameron is a good friend of India’s, and we have had the privilege of welcoming him thrice during his first term as Prime Minister, said Modi on a Facebook post before he left for his three-day visit to Britain.

He would later head off to attend the G20 summit on Saturday, post inaugurating a statue of philosopher Basaveshwara and an Ambedkar memorial in London.

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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

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The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

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